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  • Capital: London
  • Major Languages: English
  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Timezone: GMT

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The UK has been experiencing a period of political uncertainty following the referendum on whether the country should leave the European Union (EU). In June 2016, just over 52 percent of the population voted for Brexit, sparking the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and the appointment of then Home Secretary Theresa May as his successor. Much of the campaign surrounding the vote was dominated by anti-immigration rhetoric from the Vote Leave supporters, and this has been blamed on a rise in politically motivated violence and anti-immigrant hate crime. Just over a week before the vote, Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed at her constituency in Yorkshire by a man with links to far-right movements. As negotiations to ensure a smooth departure from the EU continues, there have been several mass protests by pro-European voters who strongly reject the referendum’s results.

Boris Johnson became the UK Prime Minister after Theresa May resigned in May 2019. May stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party after she failed to secure enough support to pass her deal to exit the EU. Although the EU agreed on another agreement with Boris Johnson in October 2019, the deal failed to acquire parliament approval, forcing a general election to be called on 12 December. Consequently, the Brexit deadline was pushed to the 31 January 2020. In the general elections, the Conservatives achieved a major victory, paving the way for the prime minister to pass his Brexit deal in the House of Commons. In the vote, the Conservatives achieved a crushing majority after the Labour party saw its poorest results in decades. The Scottish National Party (SNP) garnered strong support, further promoting its aspirations of holding a second independence referendum.

In Northern Ireland, uncertainty has been caused by the possibility of a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and the UK ahead of the stalled Brexit negotiations with the EU. The issue adds to the current political stalemate in Northern Ireland since talks of a power-sharing agreement between the governing parties, Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), collapsed in 2017.

In March 2018, the Mi5's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) downgraded to 'moderate' – the second-lowest – the level of Northern Ireland-related terrorism in mainland Britain. The current threat level was previously raised in 2016 over claims of increasing dissident republican activity. However, the latest Northern Ireland-related attack in Britain happened in November 2001, when the Real Irish Republican Army (IRA) exploded a car bomb in Birmingham. Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland, the threat level remains 'severe'. For many years, dissident republicans have been behind a number of attacks against the Northern Irish security forces. In March 2019, the death of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee has reignited the debate on dissident-related violence in Northern Ireland. McKee was killed while covering violent riots in Londonderry, which broke out after police raids in the city’s Creggan neighbourhood. McKee was shot while standing near a police vehicle and succumbed to her wounds after being taken to the city’s hospital.

Separately, the threat level for international terrorism in the UK is currently 'substantial', which means that an attack is likely. The current UK terrorism threat level was set in November 2019. It was downgraded from 'severe' to 'substantial' for the first time since 2014 when a general increase in terror attacks happened across Europe. In May 2017, the threat level was briefly raised to 'critical' following a suicide attack in Manchester, where 22 people were killed when a bomber targeted concert-goers at Manchester Arena. A month later, seven people were killed in another terror attack in central London. Three armed individuals drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing dozens of people in the nearby Borough Market. In September 2017, a bomb attack occurred on a London Underground District Line train at Parsons Green. The blast injured at least one person, while dozens of others were wounded in the ensuing panic as the station was evacuated. These incidents happened months after five people were killed in a terror incident in London, where a knife-wielding attacker ploughed into pedestrians with an SUV on Westminster Bridge. Among the victims was a police officer, who was stabbed just outside the Houses of Parliament.

Levels of crime in the UK are relatively low. Despite a surge in knife-crime reported in early-2018 and in the first months of 2019 across some London boroughs, most areas across the capital remain unaffected. Most recorded crimes in the country have been falling over the last decade, despite major cuts to police forces, which have been under increasing pressure to stretch their budgets in light of adversities such as the recent terrorist attacks in the capital and the Grenfell Tower fire. Petty street crimes, such as pick-pocketing and bag-snatching, usually occur in major cities and areas popular with tourists, such as central London. Visitors should undertake standard safety precautions.

The UK is among a number of European countries which has been badly hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Localised lockdowns remain in place across parts of England and Scotland. The UK has one of the highest death tolls worldwide. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

Alerts for United Kingdom

MP stabbed in Essex incident

A Conservative MP has reportedly been stabbed in an incident at a constituency meeting in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. MP Sir David Amess was apparently stabbed by a 25-year-old male assailant of Somali origin who has since been arrested by Essex Police. The incident is understood to have occurred shortly after midday. A knife has been recovered from the scene and the police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Amess is thought to have been attacked as he met constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church. Amess is since confirmed to have passed away following the incident. Counter-terror police are leading investigations.

COP26 summit to be held in Glasgow

The biggest global climate change conference since the landmark 2015 Paris talks are set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, at the end of this month. Commencing on Sunday 31 October, the COP26 summit will see world leaders convene in the city for talks over how to reduce global rising temperatures. The summit is set to last for two weeks, wrapping up on 15 November.

Afghan refugee killed in London stabbing

An 18-year-old Afghan refugee has apparently been stabbed to death in an incident in southwest London. According to local reports, the deceased was killed during a fight which broke out on Craneford Way in Twickenham on Tuesday. It's believed the victim was attacked on a footbridge and later succumbed to his wounds despite receiving medical attention. Details concerning the motive behind the attack have yet to be confirmed.

Unrest reported after World Cup qualifier

Unrest reportedly broke out between Hungary fans and police following a World Cup qualifying match held at Wembley Stadium in London last night. The crowd trouble apparently broke out shortly after England's game against Hungary kicked off, when England players taking a knee was booed by visiting fans. “Officers entered the stand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments made towards a steward,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “As the officers made the arrest, minor disorder broke out involving other spectators.” The remainder of the game passed without incident.

Insulate Britain protesters target M25

Insulate Britain protesters have reportedly targeted the M25 again on Wednesday morning. According to reports, multiple protesters were forcibly removed by police from the demonstration site at the junction to St Clements Way and London Road in Thurrock. A recent injunction granted to National Highways means anyone breaching a court order not to protest on the motorway could face a prison sentence. Protesters were removed from the site after clashes allegedly erupted between motorists and protesters. Several protesters had apparently glued themselves to the road, causing significant traffic queues.

NCA detain 23 in nationwide raids

Twenty-three people have been arrested by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in raids carried out across the country. The raids have been carried out within the last 48 hours, targeting a criminal enterprise supplying fraudulent passports to organised criminals. The raids were reportedly carried out in Sydenham, Sutton, Rotherhithe, Hackney, Battersea, Kent, Essex, and Merseyside The detainees are all aged between 34 and 73.

Police officers ill after chemical found in Sheffield incident

Four police officers are understood to have fallen ill after encountering a chemical in a block of flats in Sheffield. Emergency services were called out to Park Hill on Monday evening after receiving reports of a man being seriously injured. According to local police, officers forced entry into the man's flat and began suffering ill effects from an unidentified chemical. No other properties were evacuated and there is not thought to be any wider threat to the public. A decontamination area has been set up at the site while tests are carried out. The man, aged in his 30s, remains in hospital in a serious condition, while the four police officers are recovering.

Insulate Britain protesters block central London roundabout

Insulate Britain climate change protesters have blocked a roundabout on a main road in central London. Around 40 activists have congregated at Old Street roundabout, where they have reportedly glued themselves to the road. Meanwhile, another group of protesters have gathered at junction 25 of the M25 near Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire. Four arrests have been made so far. The action marks the 12th day of road protests by the group over the last four weeks and comes after drivers clashes with protesters at the entrance to the Blackwall Tunnel in London on Tuesday - leading to the arrests of 38 people. The activists want the government to commit to providing insulation for 29 million homes.

Extinction Rebellion protest held in Oxford

An Extinction Rebellion protest has been held in Oxford on Thursday. The demonstration has reportedly been taking place outside high-street shops in the Summertown area. The latest Extinction Rebellion protest comes ahead of the COP26 climate change summit being held in Glasgow, Scotland. Thursdays demonstration is part of the group's march to Glasgow, which aims to end in the Scottish city by Monday 1 November, when the summit kicks off.

Pro-Palestine protesters detained in Sandwich

Four pro-Palestine protesters have apparently been detained by police in Sandwich. The demonstration was heled on Monday in Artillery Way where protesters allegedly blocked the entrance to the Instro Precision Ltd headquarters. According to reports the protest was led by activists from the Pectin Group (PAG). 

Flooding reported in parts of London

Overnight downpours have triggered flooding across parts of London. Knightsbridge has been among the worst-hit areas, with significant road and rail disruption reported as a result. Flooding at Gloucester Road has meant parts of the District and Circle lines have been forced to close, while parts of the London Overground were also suspending due to flooding at Imperial Wharf. Parts of the M23 in Sussex have also been closed, between junctions 10a and 11. 

Insulate Britain protesters block London tunnel

Climate change activists from Insulate Britain have reportedly blocked a section of the Blackwall Tunnel, near the O2 arena in the North Greenwich area of London. The tunnel allows road traffic to cross over the River Thames, running parallel to the Old Blackwall Tunnel. It's understood the protesters have blocked the northbound entrance of the tunnel. The protest is the latest instalment in an ongoing series of climate change road blockades targeting traffic around London.

Four wounded in hammer attack, Soho

Four people have been wounded in a hammer attack in the Soho district of London. The assailant attacked two women on Regent Street on Friday at around 22:45 before targeting a man and a woman in a pub on Glasshouse Street. The man was restrained by security staff and arrested by police on suspicion of causing Grievous Bodily Harm.

Extinction Rebellion protesters block Farnborough Airport

Protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group have blocked entrances to the private Farnborough Airport in Hampshire. The protesters gathered to criticise the levels of carbon dioxide produced by private flights. They also said the airport was being misleading by saying it was switching to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). An airport spokeswoman said authorities were monitoring the situation and the airport was still fully operational.

Climate protesters block M4 and M1

Members of the Insulate Britain protest group blocked the M1 and M4 on Friday morning. A group halted traffic at the Cranford Parkway Interchange on the M4 around 08:00, while another group blocked Staples Corner at junction 1 of the M1. Police arrested 13 activists and had removed the protesters by 10:00.

Climate change protesters block M25 near Thurrock

Climate change protesters from Insulate Britain have reportedly converged on Junction 30 of the M25, blocking part of the motorway near Thurrock. The latest blockade comes as part of an ongoing series of similar demonstrations by the group, which have been targeting various junctions along the M25 in a bid to raise awareness over global warming and climate change issues. The protests have caused significant road disruption and have led to multiple arrests of protesters.

Terror suspect detained at Heathrow

A 25-year-old man has reportedly been detained by counterterrorism police at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). The arrest was apparently made on Wednesday morning as part of an investigation into an Islamist extremist threat by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) under the provisions of Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. The man - from High Wycombe - was detained on suspicion of several offences, including preparing for acts of terrorism, membership of a banned organisation, and receiving weapons training. 

Climate activists block M25 near Swanley

Climate change activists from the group, 'Insulate Britain', have gathered on the M25 motorway to protest again this morning, blocking traffic at Junction 3 near Swanley. The protest is the latest in a series of climate change protests by the group, targeting key junctions along the motorway. The protests have been going on for several weeks now and have contributed towards significant road and travel disruption throughout affected areas.

Environmentalists block M25 near Heathrow

Climate change activists from the Insulate Britain group have converged on Junction 14 of the M25 motorway, blocking traffic near London Heathrow Airport. The protesters have reportedly gathered at the site on Monday morning in defiance of a recent court order ruling the disruptive protests illegal. Significant traffic disruption has been reported, although police are understood to be on scene and are clearing protesters with an aim to reopen lanes to traffic. The protest is the latest in a series of similar demonstrations, with more likely to follow.

Port of Dover blocked by climate change activists

Climate change activists have reportedly blocked the roads at the Port of Dover, leading to localised traffic disruption. The demonstration comes as part of a series of similar road block protests which the climate activist group, Insulate Britain - an Extinction Rebellion splinter group - have been carrying out throughout the last two weeks, targeting major junctions along the M25 and other main roads and motorways.

Anti-vaccination protest to take place in Newcastle

A protest is due to take place against Covid-19 vaccinations in Newcastle. The demonstration has been scheduled for Saturday 25 September and will be staged in Leazes Park from 13:00 local time onwards. The protest has reportedly been organised by anti-vaccination/freedom groups against proposed mandatory vaccinations and alleged incidents of police brutality.

Anti-vaccination protest blocks M8 in Scotland

Anti-vaccination protesters have reportedly blocked a section of the M8 motorway near Bathgate in Scotland. The demonstration occurred on Wednesday, leading to significant travel delay and traffic disruption during rush-hour. Police were called out to the site near Pyramids Business Park in response to the incident, resulting in the clearance of protesters from the scene.

March to be held in Glasgow

A march has been scheduled for Glasgow, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1981 IRA hunger strike. The march is set to take place on Sunday 3 October and has been organised by two major republican groups: Oglagh Sean Mcilvenna and Cairde na h'Eireann. The march will begin at Barrowlands Park before heading along Moir Road, then London Road. From there, the march will go via the High Street and Ingram Street before coming to an end at Queen Street. General traffic disruption should be anticipated throughout all affected areas.

Police make arrests during latest M25 protest

Police have arrested 23 protesters after members of the Insulate Britain group tried to block the M25 for the fifth time. Surrey Police said protesters were reported at 08:00 local time attempting to stop the anticlockwise carriageway between junction 9 and junction 10. The group has been demanding that the government provides insulation to millions of homes in the UK. "We are simply asking the government to get on the job. The people of Britain understand that climate change is a severe threat to everything they hold dear," said a spokesperson for the group, Liam Norton.

Activists block M25 junctions

Groups of climate change activists have reportedly blocked sections of the M25 motorway around Greater London. Junction 15 at Rickmansworth has been affected. Further such protests could occur at other junctions. The protests have been organised by Extinction Rebellion splinter group, Insulate Britain, and have been taking place throughout the course of the last week, with today's demonstration being the fourth day activists have blocked junctions along the motorway - leading to significant road disruption and travel delays.

Government overhauls travel rules

The UK government has scrapped its 'Amber' list as part of an overhaul of travel rules for England. Under the new system, which comes into force from 4 October, fully vaccinated people returning from countries not on the 'Red' list will no longer need to take a pre-departure test or a PCR test when they return. Nine countries have also been removed from the Red list, including Turkey, Pakistan and Kenya. The Welsh government said it would also remove the nine countries and was reviewing the other policy changes.

HS2 Rebellion protest to take place in Milton Keynes

A peaceful protest has been planned by HS2 Rebellion for Saturday 18 September, taking place in Milton Keynes. The protest is due to start at 10:45 local time, when protesters will congregate at one of the main car parks outside centre:mk shopping centre on Marlborough Gate. The protesters will then march down Midsummer Boulevard towards Milton Keynes Central train station. The protest comes after a petition triggered a parliamentary debate on HS2 on Monday. Protesters in Milton Keynes are complaining the rail link risks isolating the town and worsening commute times. General disruption should be anticipated throughout the central Milton Keynes area.

World Wide Rally route announced for London

The route for the World Wide Rally for Freedom march which is due to take place in London tomorrow has been announced. Starting at 13:00 local time on Saturday 18 September, the rally will commence at Gloucester Gate in Regents Park, before heading to Camden Town, then Soho. From there protesters will make their way towards Whitehall and Number 10 Downing Street, before ending the march with a demonstration in Parliament Square The protest has been organised to demonstrate against Covid-19 vaccination health passports and pandemic restrictions. Significant general disruption, including major traffic delays, should be anticipated throughout the affected areas.

New cabinet holds first meeting

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's newly reshuffled cabinet has held its first meeting. The meeting has been described as a "half-time pep talk" after Johnson fired a string of ministers, replacing them with new faces. Three senior minister, including Justice Secretary Robert Buckland and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, have been sacked, while Liz Truss has been prompted to Foreign Secretary and Nadhim Zahawi has been shifted to Williamson's former role. Nadine Dorries has also been given the role of Culture Secretary, while Michael Gove had replaced Robert Jenrick as the new Communities Secretary. Ministers returning to the back bench include John Whittingdale, Nick Gibb, Caroline Dinenage, James Duddridge, Luke Hall, Jesse Norman, Graham Stuart, Justin Tomlinson and Matt Warman.

Climate change protests block motorways

Climate change protesters have blocked various parts of several motorways across the UK. Protests have been reported on the M11 at Junction 8 and on A120 Westbound near Stansted Airport on Friday morning, as well as Junction 1 on the M3 in Surrey. Junctions along the M25 have also seen disruption for the third day this week, following similar disruption on Monday and Wednesday, with more than 70 arrested each day. On Friday, junctions in Kent, Surrey, and Essex have been targeted, including Junction 28 near Brentwood, Junction 9 at Leatherhead, and Junction 3 at Swanley. Fourteen arrests have been made on Friday morning on the M25, while 10 people were arrested on the M3.

Protest held near London Bridge

A protest is being staged near London Bridge in London, leading to traffic disruptions in the area. The demonstration has been led by a group of anti-vaxxers called the 'Official Voice of London'. The protest has been taking place outside the headquarters of News UK on London Bridge Street on Thursday afternoon. Police are understood to be on-site; however, the protest has remained calm so far.

Anti-vaccination protest to take place in London

A protest against Covid-19 vaccinations is set to take place in London on Sunday 3 October. The demonstration is due to coincide with the London Marathon, starting at 09:00 local time. The protest has been organised to demonstrate against Covid-19 restrictions and mandatory vaccinations against the virus. Some general disruption should be anticipated throughout affected areas.

Climate change activists block M25 junctions

Climate change activists from the group, 'Insulate Britain', have reportedly gathered at various junctions along the M25 around Greater London to protest. The demonstrations have targeted morning traffic on Wednesday, leading to significant travel disruption and delays. Affected areas include Junction 23 at South Mimms, Junction 9 near Leatherhead, and Junction 8 at Reigate. Further protests may also target other junctions.

Activists block parts of M25

Environmental activists have reportedly staged a demonstration to block several key sections of the M25 motorway around Greater London. The protest has been carried out on Monday, with activists allegedly targeting Junctions 3, 6, 14, 20, and 31. The protests have led to significant road disruption and travel delays, including tailbacks - particularly at J14, near Heathrow Airport. Unconfirmed reports claim several incidents of skirmishes breaking out between protesters and motorists were also reported.

Man held by counter-terror police in Basingstoke

A 25-year-old man has been arrested by counter-terrorism police in Basingstoke. The arrest was made on Thursday at a property on Penny Black Lane in the Rooksdown area of Basingstoke, where the bomb disposal unit were also dispatched in response to concerns the suspect had been making explosives. The man's arrest on Thursday came a day after he was initially detained on Wednesday for possessing a firearm without a certificate. He remains in custody as investigations are carried out. Surrounding properties were initially evacuated, but there is not thought to be any wider threat to the public.

Nationwide Fridays for Future strike to take place

A nationwide Fridays for Future strike is due to take place across the UK later this month. The strike will be held on Friday 24 September, with events taking place in various locations across the country, including Trafalgar Square in London and St Peters Square in Manchester - where strikes will start at midday. Other protest sites include Millennium Square in Leeds, Bonn Square in Oxford, Sherborne, Cardiff, Castle Square in Haverfordwest, Edinburgh Scottish Parliament, Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow, Port Street in Stirling, and outside the Clock Tower in Ullapool. 

Attempted truck hijack reported in Belfast

Police have responded to an alleged attempted truck hijacking incident in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The incident reportedly occurred on Thursday afternoon on Hillview Road, when an unidentified armed suspect apparently tried to hijack a truck from a driver. The suspect also set fire to the truck before fleeing the scene. The fire was quickly brought under control by firefighters who were also dispatched to the scene. No arrests have been made so far as police continue to investigate the incident.

MI5 boss warns of extremism 'morale boost'

MI5 boss Ken McCallum has warned of a likely 'morale boost' for extremists following the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. McCallum stated that although the terror threat wouldn't change overnight, recent developments are likely to have "emboldened" so-called lone wold terrorists in the UK.  "We need to be vigilant for an increase in inspired terrorism", he told BBC Radio 4 on Friday morning. Over the past four years, 31 late-stage attack plots have been disrupted in the UK - including six during the pandemic period alone. The UK's terror threat level currently remains unchanged since February 2021, at 'substantial'.

Extinction Rebellion protests planned along HS2 line

Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests have reportedly been planned to take place along the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) train line running from London to Manchester. Protest locations include London Euston station, Aylesbury, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Lichfield, Middlewich, Norwich, and Steeple Claydon. XR protests are set to take place at various sites in these locations throughout the course of Thursday 9 September.

Anti-vaccination protest to take place in Chelmsford

A protest against Covid-19 vaccinations is reportedly due to take place in Chelmsford, Essex. The demonstration is set to take place on Wednesday 8 September from 10:00 local time until 14:00. The protest is set to take place outside the Essex County Council building on Market Road and is likely to lead to some generalised disruption throughout the immediate area.

Extinction Rebellion protests to target ExCel Centre, London

Extinction Rebellion protesters are reportedly planning to target the Defense and Security Equipment International expo at the ExCel Centre, near City airport, in London. The event is due to take place from Tuesday 14 September - Friday 17 September, with activists aiming to disrupt the setting up process in the days leading up to the fair. It's anticipated that over the course of the coming week, several protests may take place outside the venue as activists protest against the carbon footprint of the weapons and arms industry.

Protest in support of Afghan refugees to be held in Frome

A protest in support of Afghan refugees has been scheduled for Frome in Somerset. The demonstration is set to take place over the coming weekend, starting in the afternoon on Saturday 4 September. The protest has been organised by the Welcome Refugees group and comes amid an international wave of similar protests in favour of supporting Afghan migrants following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan last month. Minimal disruption is anticipated.

XR protesters target London banks

Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters have reportedly targeted several banking institutions in central London amid demonstrations on Friday. According to local reports, XR protesters congregated outside the offices of JP Morgan in Canary Wharf shortly before 08:00 local time on Friday morning, before then heading to the offices of HSBC in nearby Canada Square after midday. Some disruption has been reported around the site of the protest, which has otherwise remained peaceful so far.

World Wide Rallies to take place

Several World World Rally for Freedom demonstrations are set to take place across the UK later this month. The protests are due to take place on Saturday 18 September. Event locations include central London, Cardiff City Centre, Victoria Square in Birmingham, Castle Park Band Stand in Bristol, Glasgow Green in Glasgow,  Leeds Town Hall, Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, and Eaton Park in Norwich. Most demonstrations are set to start at 13:00 local time, while the event in Norwich will begin at 11:00.

Extinction Rebellion protest planned for London

An Extinction Rebellion protest is set to take place in London on Friday. The demonstration is due to begin at midday outside St Paul's Cathedral in central London. The latest protest comes in response to recent global concerns surrounding climate change following the occurrence of major unseasonal floods, which caused havoc across much of Europe in recent months. Some general disruption should be anticipated in the immediate and surrounding area.

Five stabbed during fight in Harrow

Five people have been wounded in a stabbing in the town of Harrow, north-west London. The incident occurred outside the Civic Centre, Railway Approach early on Monday morning. "Five people (age late teens or 20s) taken to hospital with stab injuries. Conditions of two men and one woman are not life-changing or life-threatening. Two other men are in a serious but stable condition." said the Met Police.

Extinction Rebellion protesters block Tower Bridge

An Extinction Rebellion protest blocked Tower Bridge in central London on Monday. Activists used a van and a caravan to block the road as part of ongoing protests against government investment in fossil fuels. Another demonstration was held at the Science Museum overnight, with several protesters glueing themselves to railings inside the building over its partnership with the oil giant Shell. Further demonstrations are expected in the capital this week.

Extinction Rebellion hold 'blood money' protest in London

Supporters of the Extinction Rebellion movement have held a "blood money" protest in London's financial district. Thousands of people gathered in the City, many of them covered in fake blood, on Friday to protest against money that had been invested in fossil fuels since the Paris climate accord. The crowd rallied outside the Bank of England before moving to the London Stock Exchange in Paternoster Square. City of London Police said a number of people have been arrested for criminal damage.

Extinction Rebellion to stage protest in London

Extinction Rebellion are reportedly expected to stage a demonstration in London on Tuesday. The protest is set to begin from 15:00 local time and will take place in Leicester Square. Significant travel disruption should be anticipated throughout the immediate and surrounding area. The demonstration comes as world leaders are due to meet for a virtual G7 summit on Tuesday.

RMT threatens strike over legionella

The Rail, Maritime, and Transport (RMT) union has threatened to organise a strike over the increased risk of legionella bacteria on Thameslink trains. RMT representatives have claimed that traces of the potentially deadly bacteria were found in seven toilets on four trains. The bacteria can cause Legionnaires' disease - a lung infection which, left untreated, can be fatal. While Thameslink has confirmed all affected areas have since been drained and bleached, the RMT has accused the cleaning effort of being insufficient and has called for an urgent meeting of Thameslink's Joint Safety Committee.

Extinction Rebellion protests scheduled for London

A series of Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest events have been scheduled to take place in London over the coming weeks. The demonstrations come ahead of the lead-up to the COP26 climate change talks being held in Glasgow in November. XR protesters are mainly expected to target financial institutions in London as they call on the government to stop investing in fossil fuels. The protests are likely to lead to significant disruption in affected areas. The first protests are due to take place on Monday 23 August, at 10:00 local time, in Trafalgar Square. The initial protest is expected to last for two weeks, although XR has vowed to protest until the government meets their demands.

Women stabbed to death in Notting Hill

An investigation is underway after an elderly woman was stabbed to death on St Luke’s Road, Notting Hill. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after police were called at around 02:10 on Saturday following reports of a disturbance. A crime scene remains in place.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson to recall parliament over Afghan crisis

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to recall parliament to debate the Taliban’s seizure of power in Afghanistan. The Taliban now control the vast majority of Afghanistan, with the government in control only of Kabul and five of the 34 provincial capitals. Around 600 British paratroopers have been sent to evacuate the remaining UK nationals in the city. Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer said the government needs to prevent Afghanistan becoming a base for international terrorism once again.

Multiple people shot in Plymouth

Police have confirmed a "number of fatalities" following a shooting in the southern city of Plymouth. Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police were called to an address in the Keyham area on Thursday evening. A critical incident was declared but the scene has been contained and the suspect is not on the run.  "The incident in Plymouth is shocking and my thoughts are with those affected," said UK Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Covid-19 restrictions lifted in Scotland

Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted in Scotland as of 00:01 on Monday 9 August, when level zero restrictions ended. Almost all remaining anti-Covid measures have now been eased in Scotland, with the legal requirement for physical distancing ending in most places. Large outdoor gatherings are now permitted, while hospitality venues can now operate at full capacity. Nightclubs are also allowed to re-open, for the first time since March 2020. The decision to lift measures comes after outbreak figures recorded a sustained fall in the number of Covid-19 cases.

Extinction Rebellion protests to take place in London

A series of Extinction Rebellion protests are due to take place later this month in the capital city of London. The demonstrations set to be held across London over the course of a two-week period, starting Monday 23 August. The protests have been organised over an apparent lack of environmental policy dedicated to the prevention of climate change. Location details have yet to be confirmed.

Remaining Covid-19 restrictions to ease in Scotland

Almost all remaining Covid-19 restrictions are set to ease in Scotland from Monday 9 August. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed plans for Scotland's restrictions to end, meaning pubs and restaurants will be allowed more capacity, while larger crowds will also be allowed at sporting events and concerts. Social distancing measures will be dropped in most settings, with some mitigation measures in place. Rules on self-isolation are set to change, with those identified as a close contact of a positive case no longer required to self-isolate for 10 days as long as they have been fully vaccinated and test negative. The use of face coverings is expected to continue, as will home working and 'hybrid working'.

No quarantine for vaccinated US and EU travellers

The British Parliament has confirmed plans to lift quarantine requirements for all fully vaccinated US and EU arrivals to England. Further details have yet to be confirmed, including when the change will come into effect, but are expected to be confirmed later today. It remains unclear whether or not other UK nations will also adopt the rule change. Under current rules, those who have been fully vaccinated in the UK do not have to isolate when travelling from countries on the amber list (except from France); however, this rule has not applies to those vaccinated outside the UK.

Flooding causes travel disruption in London

Travel disruption has been reported throughout much of London over the last 24 hours due to recent flooding. The floods have been caused by heavy rainfall and have reportedly led to multiple central London tube station closures. Stations affected include Covent Garden, Edgware Road, Gants Hill, Kennington, North Greenwich, Pudding Mill Lane, Stepney Green, Stockwell, and Surrey Quays. All but Stepney Green have since reopened. Many of the capital's roads were also closed, including the Blackwall Tunnel, the A12, and parts of the North Circular. Two London hospitals - Whipps Cross and Newham - have also been impacted by flooding, asking patients to stay away from their A&E departments while ambulances were also diverted. London Fire Brigade reportedly responded to 300 flood-related calls over the space of a few hours on Sunday.

Car hits pedestrians on Blackpool promenade

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a car hit a group of pedestrians on Blackpool promenade in Lancashire. The assailant fled the scene but was later detained by police. "This is believed to have been an isolated incident with no threat to the wider community," said Lancashire Constabulary in a statement on Saturday evening.

Rallies to be held across the UK

Rallies are due to be held in multiple towns and cities across the UK as part of the World Wide Rally for Freedom. Rallies are expected to take place on Saturday 24 July starting between midday and 14:00 local time in the following places: Birmingham, Bristol, Canterbury, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Jersey, Leeds, London, Manchester, Norwich, Plymouth, and Scarborough. The rallies are calling for fundamental freedoms to be upheld.

Two police officers injured in West Bromwich stabbing

Two police officers have reportedly been injured following a stabbing incident in West Bromwich. The incident was reported on Wednesday morning, when the emergency services were called to the shopping centre at around 11:00 local time after police patrolling the area near New Square Shopping Centre were allegedly attacked by several suspects. It's understood the suspects lashed out at officers with knives, leaving two police officers injured with slash wounds. Police have increased patrols in the area following a recent increase in violent incidents. Three arrests were made at the scene.

Extreme weather warning issued for south-west UK

An extreme weather warning has been issued for the entirety of the south-west UK by the Met office as a severe heatwave continues to see temperatures soar across Britain. The warning applies from Monday 19 July to Thursday 22 July, when forecasts indicate temperatures will reach peak levels - leading to a heightened risk of heatstroke, dehydration, nausea, and fatigue. The elderly, young, and those with underlying health issues are considered particularly vulnerable. Heat warnings have also been issued to Northern Ireland until Friday, while yellow rain warnings have been issued for the south-west on Saturday and Sunday, when temperatures are due to drop.

Anti-lockdown protest held in London

An anti-lockdown protest has been staged in central London to protest against Covid-19 lockdown measures and the vaccination programme. Thousands of demonstrators turned up to take part in the protest - which came on the same day lockdown restrictions were lifted across England. The demonstration took place near Parliament Square outside the Houses of Parliament. Several reports have emerged of protesters clashing with police officers - resulting in at least 11 arrests. 

Record number of migrants cross English Channel

A record number of migrants have crossed the English Channel over a 24-hour period. On Monday, the Home Office confirmed at least 430 migrants had undertaken the dangerous journey, including a group of around 50 people who reportedly landing on the beach at Dungeness in Kent after crossing in a single dinghy. The previous daily high of 416 was set in September last year. The record number comes after eight boats carrying 241 migrants reached the UK on Sunday. Government plans to criminalise the act of knowingly arriving in the UK without permission in a bid to deter crossing attempts have been heavily criticised by charities. 

London police warn of heightened terror risk

London Metropolitan Police have issued a warning over the heightened risk of terrorism as Covid-19 lockdown measures are lifted. London Met warned of an increased threat of terrorist attacks as the nationwide lockdown ends in England, due to the expected increase in crowds and travel - both of which have traditionally been easier targets for terrorists to exploit. Currently, the UK's terror threat level is 'substantial' - indicating an attack is likely. The threat level was last changed in February this year, when it was downgraded from 'severe'.

Underground services hit by staff shortages

Several London Underground services have been disrupted due to staff shortages. Transport for London said the Metropolitan line between Aldgate and Amersham was closed, while there have also been reduced services on the Piccadilly and District lines. Several control room staff were forced to self-isolate after they received notifications from the NHS Covid-19 app that they had been in contact with infected people. The Rail, Maritime and Transport union general secretary Mick Lynch previously said there would be "a surge in workers pinged with a self-isolation instruction next week".

Weather warning issued over heatwave

Weather warnings have been issued for England ahead of a heatwave which is due to hit this weekend. The heat-health warning has been issued by Public Health England, which has urged people to take steps to stay cool and to be prepared to help those at risk in the warmer weather as temperatures are forecast to soar as high as 31 degrees Celsius over the course of Sunday and Monday. The Met Office says the level two heat-health alert cocvers the majority of England and will remain in effect until Tuesday.

Record daily Covid-19 cases since January reported

The UK has recorded its biggest single-day jump in Covid-19 cases since mid-January. Latest figures show a total of 42,302 new cases of infection have been diagnosed over the last 24-hour period - the highest daily increase since 15 January. In addition, 49 new Covid-19 fatalities have also been reported. In total, the UK has confirmed more than 5.23 million cases of the virus, including 128,530 fatal cases. The spike in cases comes as England prepares to enter its final stage of lockdown easing, which will see most lockdown restrictions lifted.

Covid-19 rules to ease in Wales

Most Covid-19 rules are set to be eased in Wales next month. Nearly all restrictions will be lifted from 7 August as the Welsh government confirms plans to end all legal limits on the number of people who can meet others. Nightclubs will also be allowed to reopen and social-distancing measures will be eased for workplaces. Face masks will still be required in most indoor public places, except hospitality businesses. People will still be asked to observe work-from-home advice where possible.

Protest held at Withington mural, Manchester

A protest has been staged at a mural in Manchester's southern suburb of Withington. The demonstration was held on Tuesday evening at 18:00 local time at the Marcus Rashford mural on Moorfield Street. The protest event was organised under the "Stand up to Racism" banner and came as a response to recent racial abuse directed at footballer Marcus Rashford, among other black England players, following their defeat in the Euros final over the weekend. The mural was recently defaced with racist slurs, which were painted over by the mural's artist on Tuesday.

Greenpeace stage Downing Street protest

Greenpeace have staged a protest stunt outside Downing Street in London. According to reports, Greenpeace activists are understood to have dumped a large pile of rubbish outside the Prime Minister's London residence as a form of protest over climate change and government responsibility on environmental policies, including large amounts of waste being exported. Around 625kg of plastic waste was left outside Downing Street on Tuesday, before authorities arranged for the rubbish to be cleared.

Flash floods cause travel disruption in London

Travel disruption has been reported across parts of London due to recent flash floods in the capital. The flooding has been caused by recent heavy rainfall affecting parts of south-west London including Barnes, Raynes Park and Richmond, as well as parts of north London including Highgate and Golders Green. Train services have been affected at Richmond, London Euston, Clapham Junction, Watford Junction, Shepperton, London Waterloo, St Pancras, Luton, and London Paddington. Drivers have been advised to avoid flooded roads around Raynes Park station. Some residents were also evacuated from properties in Hammersmith in line with precautionary measures.

Armed man arrested at Green Park station

A man armed with a machete was arrested following an attack at Green Park station on Friday night. A man was left with a deep gash to his head following the incident, which occurred at 18:45. Witnesses said there was a “huge commotion” on a London Underground train as panicked travellers tried to evade the assailant. Green Park station was closed following the attack but has since reopened.

Three detained at Birmingham pro-Palestine protest

Three people have reportedly been arrested at a pro-Palestine protest which was being held in Birmingham on Monday. The arrests were allegedly made in the morning, at around 07:00 local time, at the Vine Property Management LLP office on High Street in the Harbone area of Birmingham. According to reports, the protesters were detained by police after scaling the roof of the office building, where they then splattered large amounts of paint, causing material damage to the exterior of the building. The protest was motivated by Vine Property Management's alleged links to the Israeli defence company Elbit Systems.

PM confirms lifting of Covid restrictions in England on 19 July

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed plans to end most Covid-19 rules in England on 19 July. The wearing of face masks will no longer be a legal requirement and social distancing rules will be lifted, along with the rule of sic inside private homes. Work-from-home guidance will also come to and end. Johnson stated he expected the final stage of England's roadmap out of lockdown would go ahead as planned on 19 July, with final confirmations to be delivered on 12 July after a review of the latest data. Updates on school bubbles, travel, and self-isolation will follow in the coming days.

PM to set out England final lockdown easing

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to set out the details of the final stages of Covid-19 lockdown easing in England today. Johnson is to hold a news conference at Downing Street later today, during which he will announced the next steps on social distancing, the wearing of face coverings, care home visits, and working from home. The final stages of easing the last lockdown measures in England was delayed by four weeks last month, to no earlier than 19 July.

Animal rights activists stage protest in Magheralin, Northern Ireland

A group of animal rights activists have staged a protest in the Magheralin area of Northern Ireland. The small-scale demonstration took place during the early hours of Friday morning outside the entrance gates to a chicken farm on Steps Road. The protest reportedly remains ongoing, with police monitoring the situation. No outbreaks of violence have been reported although some disruption may be experience in the surrounding area.

Protest held outside Chinese embassy, London

A protest has been held outside the Chinese embassy in London. Protesters congregated outside the Embassy of the People's Republic of China on Portland Place on Thursday to stage a demonstration in solidarity with the persecuted Uyghur Muslim ethnic minority. The protest rally remained peaceful with minimal disruption.

Two dead in Goodwood plane crash

Two fatalities have been reported following a plane crash near an airfield in Goodwood, England. The light aircraft reportedly came down shortly after 16:30 local time on Wednesday 30 June. According to reports, the plan crashed off New Road near Goodwood Aerodrome, situated just outside of Chichester, north of Gatwick Airport. No other casualties have been reported. The cause of the crash remains unclear as investigations get underway.

Highest daily Covid-19 increase reported since January

The UK has reported its highest daily Covid-19 increase in cases in five months. The latest daily increase of 22,868 new cases of infections marks the biggest single-day jump in figures since 30 January. In addition, three new fatal Covid-19 cases were also registered, bringing the national death toll to 128,103, while the total number of confirmed cases has risen to more than 4.75 million. Recent outbreak data indicates the vast majority of areas across England have recorded a a gradually increasing rate of transmission in recent weeks.

Chief medical officer assaulted in London park

England's chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, has reportedly been assaulted in a park in London. The incident occurred on Sunday in St James's Park in London, where Whitty was apparently accosted and harassed by two men. Footage of the incident shows the two men grabbing Whitty and jeering as he struggles to free himself. The Met Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.

Arrests made at Extinction Rebellion protest

At least 23 people were arrested after Extinction Rebellion protesters dumped manure outside the office of the Daily Mail in Kensington on Sunday morning. The environmental protest group said it had made a “surprise visit” to Northcliffe House, the head office of the newspaper’s owners Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), and dumped seven tonnes of horse manure outside the front of the building. Police said five people were arrested for an offence under Section 148 of the Highways Act, with four of the five also arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage. The protest had finished by 20:00 on Sunday.

Man armed with knife tasered by police in Brixton

A man wielding a large knife was tasered and arrested by police in Brixton on Sunday. Officers were called to Brixton Road at 17:47 following reports of a man with a knife. A large section of Brixton Road, Stockwell Walk and other nearby roads were cordoned off and a crime scene was established. No injuries were reported.

Classified MoD documents found in Kent

Classified Ministry of Defence (MoD) documents have been found at a bus stop in Kent. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it is investigating "an incident in which sensitive defence papers were recovered by a member of the public." The documents included reports on Russia's reaction to British naval vessels off the coast of Crimea and plans for the UK's future military presence in Afghanistan. The documents were found on Tuesday morning.

Health Secretary resigns over Covid breach

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock has resigned from his post following the release of images that show him breaching social distancing guidelines. ""I understand the enormous sacrifices that everybody in this country has made, that you have made, and those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them and that's why I have got to resign," said Hancock. Former Chancellor and Home Secretary Sajid Javid will take up the post.

Health secretary broke social distancing guidelines

The UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, has admitted breaking social distancing guidelines after images were published show him kissing an aide. Hancock said he "let people down" and was "very sorry" after newspapers published pictures of him kissing Gina Coladangelo inside the Department of Health in May when the government was urging the public to keep two metres apart. The opposition Labour party has called for Hancock to be sacked, saying his position "untenable". There have been reports that Gina Coladangelo's brother, Roberto Coladangelo, is an executive at a private healthcare company that has won a string of NHS contracts.

UK government adds to green travel list

The UK government has added several countries and territories to its green travel list. In Europe the Balearic Islands (which include Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera), Malta and Madeira have been added and in the Caribbean Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada have been added. The UK overseas territories of Anguilla and Montserrat, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Pitcairn, and Turks and Caicos Islands also moved to the green list. Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda have moved to the red list.

Kill the Bill protest planned for Brighton

A Kill the Bill protest is due to be held in Brighton on Thursday 24 June. Reports indicate the demonstration will be staged in the Victoria Gardens area in Marlborough Place, where participants are expected to begin gathering from midday onwards for a 12:30 local time start. Significant travel disruption is anticipated throughout the immediate and surrounding area.

Delay anticipated for Scotland's lockdown easing

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to confirm a delay to Scotland's lockdown easing. The development comes after Sturgeon indicated a three-week delay in easing restrictions could be brought in last week, in order to enable more people to be vaccinated. Originally set for 28 June, the move back to level zero - the lowest in Scotland's five-tier system - will now likely remain in place until 19 July - the same date UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set for England's delayed easing of lockdown measures.

Anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in London

Anti-lockdown protesters have clashed with police in central London during a demonstration held on Monday. The protest was being staged in Westminster against government-enforced Covid-19 lockdown measures. Police officers were prompted to intervene when protesters allegedly became "obstructive and hostile" towards officers. Fourteen arrests have been made for offences including assaulting an emergency services worker, public order offences, and obstructing the highway. Three police officers were reportedly injured, although none seriously. 

Northern Ireland's DUP leader resigns

The leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists Party (DUP), Edwin Poots, has resigned from the role after just three weeks in the job. Poots' resignation comes after he agreed a deal with Sinn Fein and Westminster securing Paul Givan's path to becoming Northern Ireland's first minister, ignoring the will of his party. The majority of DUP assembly members had voted in favour of stalling the process of Givan's nomination, leading to an internal revolt against Poots at a party meeting when he went against them to agree the deal.

Shepherd's Bush Green protest camp cleared by police

Anti-lockdown protesters at Shepherd's Bush Green have been cleared from the area by police after setting up camp. Demonstrators had set up the protest camp in the local park near the green to protest against continued Covid-19 lockdown measures. Police were dispatched to the site on Thursday morning to clear the area, at the request of the local authorities. The protest comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the next and final stage of lifting lockdown measures will be delayed by four weeks. 

Pro-Palestine protester scales crane near US Embassy

A pro-Palestine protester has reportedly climbed a crane near the US embassy building in south London. The protester apparently scaled the crane on Nine Elms Road on Tuesday morning with the intention of displaying a Palestine flag to show solidarity with the Palestinian people following the recent flare up in tensions between Israel and the Palestine. The incident resulted in significant travel delays throughout the area.

Lockdown easing delayed to 19 July

The final stage of easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in England has been delayed until 19 July. PM Boris Johnson confirmed the widely-anticipated delay on Monday evening. The move comes amid rising cases, driven by the more transmissible Delta variant. Johnsons explained going ahead with stage four of the lockdown exit strategy as scheduled on 21 June would risk the possibility of the virus outrunning vaccines. By delaying stage four, hundreds of thousands more people will have the opportunity to complete their vaccinations, and many more will receive their first jabs. There will be a review after two weeks with the possibility to proceed with lifting restrictions sooner if the risk has sufficiently diminished. Johnson said he was "confident" the delay would not need to be longer than four weeks, but also said he couldn't rule out the possibility the date could be pushed back further. The final stage of lockdown easing will see all legal restrictions lifted. 

Travel warnings issued in England over Delta variant

Travel warnings have been issued for parts of England due to concerns over the increasing prominence of the Delta variant of Covid-19. Government health officials confirmed the travel warnings on Monday, which apply to Birmingham, Blackpool, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Liverpool City, and Warrington. Additional testing and vaccination measures will be in place, including door-to-door visits.

England lockdown lifting set for delay

The next scheduled lifting of lockdown measures in England is expected to be delayed by four weeks. According to the BBC, senior ministers are understood to have signed off on the delay, with the hope that the four-week period will give opportunity for more members of the public to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations as cases of the Delta variant continue to rise sharply. PM Boris Johnson is expected to confirm the news in a press conference later today. The move comes as forecasts show that the trajectory of the current rate of incline in new daily cases could see the country surpassing 40,000 cases per day by the end of the month. The next stage of easing restrictions will see the last remaining lockdown rules lifted and had been scheduled for 21 June. Plans for easing restrictions in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland currently remain unchanged.

Demonstrations against deportation planned for London, Glasgow

Demonstrations protesting against the deportation of an autistic Jamaican man, Osime Brown, are planned for 12:00 and 14:00 in London and Glasgow respectively. Protesters in London are meeting at 12:00 outside the Home Office and then proceeding to march to Parliament Square. Those in Glasgow are meeting at 14:00 in George Square. Brown, a 22-year-old who was sentenced to five years for robbery, attempted robbery and perverting the course of justice, faces deportation to Jamaica having been released from prison. The demonstrations have been organised ahead of the Tuesday deadline the immigration tribunal has given to the Home Office to review its decision. If the decision goes ahead, a case management hearing is scheduled for 21 June, and a date will then be set for the appeal.

Protest against NI protocol held in Belfast

A protest has been held in the Northern Irish capital of Belfast against the Northern Ireland protocol. The demonstration was staged on Thursday evening and drew hundreds of participants to Woodvale Park, where protesters then made their way towards Shankill Leisure Centre on Shankill Road - leading to traffic disruption along the B39. According to reports, local police state they were not informed of plans for a large-scale protest.

One killed in London stabbing

One person has been confirmed dead following a fatal stabbing incident which occurred in London. The incident reportedly occurred on Thursday afternoon at around 16:14 local time on Prentis Road in the Streatham area. Police were called out to respond to the scene, where the victim was confirmed dead. No arrests have been made so far as investigations get underway. The stabbing came just hours after two others were also injured in two separate stabbings in the Clapham and Harrow areas of London. The attacks are not thought to be connected.

Climate protest to be held in Edinburgh

A climate change protest is due to be held in Edinburgh over the coming weekend. The demonstration has been planned for Saturday 12 June, when protesters will gather outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood from 11:00 local time onwards. The rally comes as the G7 Summit is being hosted by the UK this year, and has been organised by the Edinburgh COP 26 Coalition to protest against the alleged failure of G7 countries to realise global climate change commitments made at the 2015 Paris summit.

Pro-Palestine protesters occupy factory in Runcorn

A group of pro-Palestine protesters have reportedly occupied a factory in Runcorn on Thursday morning. The situation developed during the early hours at around 04:30 local time, when Palestine Action activists congregated at the APPH factory in Pembroke Court and began dismantling aircraft machinery and drones. Various items of factory property have been damaged or destroyed. The occupation comes after similar recent protests by the activist group targeting Elbit Systems factories.

Extinction Rebellion protest to be held in Norfolk

An Extinction Rebellion demonstration is being held in Cromer, Norfolk, today. The protest is due to start at 16:00 local time on Wednesday 9 June at Cromer Pier. The demonstration is expected to attract around 40 participants and could lead to localised disruption in the immediate area. The protest comes ahead of the scheduled G7 summit which is being hosted by the UK in Cornwall from Friday 11 June to Sunday 13 June.

One killed in London shooting

A person has been confirmed dead following a recent shooting incident in Islington, London. According to reports, the victim was shot dead on Tuesday afternoon at around 16:30 local time in Hornsey Rise Gardens. The police have launched an investigation into the fatal shooting; however, no suspects have been identified and no arrests have bee made so far as the case moves forward. A possible motive behind the incident has also yet to be determined.

Protest scheduled for Leicester

A protest is due to take place in Leicester today, as demonstrators prepare to gather to rally against Amazon. The protest is scheduled to begin at 11:00 local time outside the National Space Centre on Exploration Drive. According to reports, the rally has been organised by Unite the Union to protest against an announcement by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who recently revealed plans to launch himself into space. Some disruption may be experienced in the immediate area.

Students to protest in Parliament Square, London

Student protesters are set to converge on Parliament Square in London over the coming weekend. The demonstration has been scheduled for Sunday 13 June and will begin at midday. The protest has reportedly been organised by a group called Students United Against Fees, to call for compensation from the government for university tuition fees for the last academic year following severe course disruptions due to Covid-19. Some general disruption throughout the immediate area outside Parliament should be anticipated.

Extinction Rebellion protests to be held

A series of Extinction Rebellion protests are due to be held in the run up to the G7 Summit in Cornwall. The summit is being hosted at Carbis Bay from Friday 12 June - Sunday 13 June. The protests are intended to focus on the perceived failure of G7 nations to realise global climate commitments made in 2015 and to call on G7 leaders to take further action. The demonstrations are being held under the banner of 'G7 Rebellion' and are due to culminate with three days of protests in Cornwall. The first major protest will be held' in St Ives on Friday, starting at 11:00 local time at St Ives Leisure Centre, where protesters will then march towards Porthminster Beach. Another protest will be staged on Saturday at 11:30 in Kimberly Park, Falmouth. A third demonstration will also take place in St Ives on Sunday at 10:00.

Pro-Palestine protest to take place in Oldham

A pro-Palestine protest is set to take place in Oldham today. The demonstration is scheduled to begin at 15:30 local time, outside the Elbit Systems Ferranti factory. The protesters aim to demonstrate against the company's manufacturing and selling of drones, weapons, and other technology to Israel. The event is scheduled to last for approximately one hour and is expected to remain peaceful. Traffic disruption throughout the immediate and surrounding areas should be anticipated.

Police evacuate Leicester Square over bomb threat

Police have evacuated Leicester Square in London this afternoon in response to a bomb threat. The City of Westminster Police confirmed the incident, stating officers had responded to a commercial premises at Leicester Square after it received a message containing a security alert at around 12:30 local time. The incident has since been stood down and officers are now in the process of lifting a cordon in the area. The cordon was in place for about an hour to prevent people from entering the area.

Extinction Rebellion protest held in Peterhead, Scotland

The Extinction Rebellion climate change activist group has staged a protest in Peterhead, Scotland. The demonstration was held on Thursday outside a power station. The activists blocked the entrance to the SSE gas power station by chaining themselves to a washing machine. An estimated 20 protesters are thought to have taken part in the demonstration, which remained peaceful with a police presence, although some general disruption was reported in the immediate area.

Portugal added to UK amber travel list

Portugal has been added to the UK's amber travel list, citing rising Covid-19 cases and the emergence of a mutation of the Delta variant, which was first identified in India. The move from the travel green list to the amber list comes into effect from Tuesday 6 June and means UK tourists should not visit the country and returnees must isolate for 10 days. Seven countries - Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Trinidad and Tobago - have also been added to the UK's red list. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have confirmed they will adopt the same changes, which come into effect at 04:00 local time on 8 June. So far, 68 cases of the Delta variant have been identified in Portugal, including cases with an additional, potentially detrimental mutation - which is widely being referred to as the Nepal mutation. The variant has been detected in a small number of cases in the UK. Portuguese authorities have questioned the UK's decision, challenging the logic behind it. 

Glasgow to ease Covid-19 restrictions

Glasgow is set to ease Covid-19 restrictions from this weekend as it prepares to move to level two restrictions. The change will take effect from 00:01 local time on Saturday 5 June and comes after nine months under tougher curbs. Meanwhile, much of Scotland's central belt will stay in level two, including Edinburgh, Dundee, and Stirling, while other areas will move to level one restrictions. Shetland, Orkney, the Western Isles, and a several smaller remote islands will move from level one to level zero.

Arndale Centre in Manchester evacuated

The Arndale Centre in Manchester has been evacuated after staff found a suspicious white powder inside the complex. There is a significant police residence in the area and police have been advised to avoid the area until the site is secured. The shopping has been targeted by terrorists in the past, most notably in the 1996 IRA bombing which injured more than 200 people.

Loyalists protests to be held across Northern Ireland

Loyalist groups are expected to stage a series of demonstrations across Northern Ireland over the coming week. Multiple protests are due to be held from Thursday 27 May until Saturday 5 June. So far, plans for three demonstrations have been confirmed. The first protest is due to be staged on Thursday in Queen's Park, Glengormley. The second protest has been scheduled for Monday 31 May in Bangor, while the third demonstration has been planned for Saturday 5 June in Portadown om Craigavon, where protesters will gather from 15:00 local time onwards in the town centre. Further demonstrations may also take place. General disruption in affected areas should be anticipated. Counter protests could also occur, with the potential for clashes.

Various pro-Palestine protests scheduled

Various pro-Palestine protests have been scheduled to take place across the UK over the coming weekend. On Saturday 29 May, protests are due to take place in Liverpool, London, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, and Worthing. In Liverpool, the demonstration will take place between midday and 13:30 on Church Street. Protesters are also due to meet at midday outside Marks and Spencer on Oxford Street in London, as well as outside Worthing Town Hall on Chapel Road, Worthing. In Manchester, protests will also get underway at 12:00, in Piccadilly Gardens and outside the BBC at the Dock House in Salford. Later in the day, another pro-Palestine protest event is due to take place from 14:00 - 16:00 at Hanley Park in Stoke-on-Trent.

Universities across UK to stage pro-Palestine protests

Pro-Palestine protests are due to be held at universities across the UK on Friday 28 May. The demonstrations are being staged as part of a 'national day of action' organised by students in solidarity with the Palestinian people following the recent flare up in the Israel-Gaza conflict. The first protest is due to get underway at 10:00 local time outside the Bill Bryson Library at the University of Durham, lasting until 17:00. Elsewhere, demonstrations will be held at 14:00 at the University of Leeds and the University of Warwick. From 15:00 onwards, protests will also get underway at London's University of Goldsmiths, the London School of Economics (LSE), and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University. Demonstrations at the University of Plymouth, the University of Manchester, and King's College London are to start between 16:00 and 16:30, while protests at the University of Birmingham and the University of Edinburgh will begin from 17:00 onwards. General disruption should be anticipated throughout affected areas.

Norwich city workers to launch strike

City workers in Norwich are to launch a strike this week. The week-long strike is due to start on Thursday 27 May and will last until Wednesday 2 June, inclusive. The industrial action has been organised by workers of Norwich City Services Ltd to call for wage increased and improved working contract terms, including equal annual leave and sick leave allowances to those granted to city council workers. The strike could end early if negotiations reach a solution before 2 June. Those taking part in the strike include city park attendants, street cleaners, and grave diggers. Some disruption should be anticipated.

Protest to be held in Oldham

A protest is due to be staged in Oldham on Tuesday 25 May. The demonstration is due to start at 15:30 local time under the banner of 'Shut Elbit Down'. The protest has been organised to protest against Israel's arms factory in Oldham and call for a two-way arms embargo with Israel. The event is expected to last for one hour, taking place outside Cairo House on Greenacres Road. Some general disruption should be expected throughout the immediate area.

Eight areas to avoid indoor gatherings

Eight areas in England have been told to avoid indoor gatherings, as government advise urges people not to travel in or out of areas hardest hit by the Indian coronavirus variant, unless necessary. Areas included under the revised guidance are Bedford, Burnley, Hounslow, Kirklees, Leicester, and North Tyneside. Advice was also issued earlier this month to avoid travelling to Bolton in Greater Manchester and nearby Blackburn with Darwen.

Pro-Palestine protests scheduled across UK

Pro-Palestine protests are due to take place across the UK. A demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinian people has been organised in Colchester for Tuesday 25 May, where participants are expected to gather outside the University of Essex at 15:00 local time before marching through the university's campus. Another pro-Palestine protest has also been planned for Manchester tomorrow, taking place at 16:00 on Market Street outside Marks and Spencers - where demonstrators plan to protest against the supermarket's trade links with Israel. Further small-scale pro-Palestine protests remain likely nationwide.

Woman in critical condition after Peckham shooting

A woman is in a critical condition following a shooting in the Peckham area in east London. The incident occurred in the Consort Road area in the early hours of Sunday morning. No arrests have been made and police have asked local residents for support in tracking down the assailants, including checking doorbell cameras.

Seven police injured in Swansea riots

Seven police officers were wounded during rioting in the Mayhill area of Swansea on Thursday night. South Wales Police said four men and a teenage boy have been arrested in connection with the violence. Several cars were torched during the riots, and local residents were trapped inside their homes on Waun-Wen Road. "Absolutely disgraceful scenes in Swansea last night. My thoughts are with Mayhill residents who had to endure such shocking behaviour," UK Home Secretary Pritti Patel said on Friday.

Animal rights activists target McDonald's distribution centres

Members of the Animal Rebellion activist group have blocked four McDonald's distribution centres as part of a protest against the fast-food giant's "role in the climate emergency." Activist used trucks and bamboo structures to block access to the sites in Hemel Hempstead, Coventry, Basingstoke and Heywood. "Our distribution centres are currently facing disruption. We are assessing the impact on deliveries to our restaurants and to menu items. We apologise to our customers for any disappointment caused," said a McDonald's spokeswoman.

Gloucester pro-Palestine protest to take place

A pro-Palestine demonstration is due to be held in Gloucester over the coming weekend. The protest has been scheduled for Sunday 23 May and comes as part of the latest series of demonstrations to be held under the '#FreePalestine' protest movement. Those participating in the event are expected to begin gathering at Gloucester Park in the city centre shortly before midday, for a 12:00 local time start. General disruption should be anticipated throughout the immediate area.

Pro-Palestine groups strike across UK

A 48-hour strike is being held in several parts of the UK by pro-Palestinian groups amid the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict. The pro-Palestine strike began on Tuesday 18 May and is due to last for 48 hours. The strike has been supported by various activist groups, who are calling for further protests and demonstrations to be carried out in major towns and cities in solidarity with Palestine. 

Lockdown measures ease across the UK

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have been eased across much of the UK. From Monday 17 May, people are now allowed to socialise indoors in limited numbers and visit pubs and restaurants inside. 'Cautious hugging' has also been allowed while a ban on foreign travel has also been lifted and replaced with new rules. The latest easing of restrictions applies in varying degrees across England, Scotland, and Wales. In England, overnight stays are allowed and people can meet in groups of up to six or two households inside, or up to 30 outside. In Scotland, people can meet indoors in groups of six from up to three households and outside in groups of up to eight from eight households. Glasgow and Moray will not see restrictions ease due to localised spikes in cases. In Wales, people can meet inside in pubs and restaurants in groups of up to six from six households and all holiday accommodation can reopen.

Four wounded in brawl at Luton airport

Four people were wounded in a brawl at London Luton Airport on Friday. Bedfordshire Police said 17 people were detained following the fighting between passengers. "We take a zero tolerance approach to violence and continue to assist the police with their inquiries. We would like to sincerely apologise to any passengers affected," said a spokesman for the airport.

Pro-Palestine rallies held across Europe

Large rallies in support of the Palestinians have been held in cities across Europe. In the French capital, Paris, police fired tear gas and water cannons at hundreds of protesters on Saturday. Officials had banned the march, citing violence during similar protests in 2014 when synagogues and Jewish businesses were targeted. Thousands of people march through central London, while rallies were also held in Berlin and other German cities. Another large protest was reported in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square. The rallies coincided with the 73rd anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe, when many Palestinians lost their homes in the fighting around Israel's creation.

Pro-Palestine march scheduled for London

A march has been organised in London by pro-Palestinian protest and activist groups as part of a recent series of pro-Palestine demonstrations taking place across major cities across Europe and other Western countries. The march in London is due to be held on Saturday 15 May and is being led by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The demonstration will begin at midday at Marble Arch, where protesters will then march through Hyde Park towards to Israeli embassy in Palace Green.

Pro-Palestine protests to take place across Scotland

Several pro-Palestine protests have been organised across Scotland and are due to take place over the next 72 hours. Demonstrations are to be staged in Dundee, Inverness, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Glasgow over the weekend. The first protest is being held in Dundee's City Square from 14:00 - 15:30 local time on Friday 14 May. Following that, three demonstrations have been scheduled for Saturday, with protesters due to gather at midday outside the Town House in Inverness and in Edinburgh's Regent Road Park, and again at 14:00 in Aberdeen's Marischal Square. Another protest will be held on Sunday from 13:00 - 15:00 in George Square, Glasgow.

Protest to take place outside Elbit Systems HQ in London

A protest has been scheduled to take place outside Elbit Systems HQ in London later this month. The pro-Palestine protest has been planned by the Palestine Action activist group and will be held on Friday 28 May at 13:00 local time, along Kingsway near Holborn. The demonstration comes in protest against the company's links to Israel amid the escalating Israel-Gaza conflict. A similar protest was staged outside Elbit on Tuesday and several other similar demonstrations have also targeted other Elbit locations across the UK.

Pro-Palestine protests scheduled

Various protests in support of the Palestinian people amid the escalating conflict in Israel are to take place across the UK on Sunday 16 May. Demonstrations have been planned for London, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Aberystwyth, Luton, Milton Keynes, Swansea, and Oxford. In London, Pro-Palestine protesters are due to congregate in Altab Ali Park between 14:00 and 16:00 local time, while in Birmingham, protesters will meet from 14:00 outside the Pakistan Consulate on Bridge Street. Demonstrations will also commence at 14:00 in Swansea's Castle Gardens, on Manzil Way in Oxford, and at Milton Keynes Central Station. Elsewhere, protests will be held at 13:00 at Luton Town Hall, at midday in Eastbourne Town Centre, and at 18:00 in Aberystwyth's New Promenade.

Five detained in Londonderry over attmpted car bombing

Five suspects have been detained under the Terrorism Act in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The detainees have been arrested in connection with an attempted car bombing on Ballyquin Road in Dungiven last month. The incident in question occurred on Monday 19 April. Of the five men arrested, two are thought to have previously been arrested in connection to investigations into the murder of an Northern Irish police officer back in 1993. Investigations into the recent car bomb attempt remain ongoing.

Pro-Palestine protest to take place in London

A pro-Palestine protest is reportedly due to be held in London over the coming weekend. The demonstration has been planned for Saturday 15 May and will take place outside the Embassy of Israel in the Palace Green area of the city. Those participating in the protest are expected to start gathering in the area from midday onwards, with the protest due to start at 13:00 local time. News of the planned protest comes a day after scuffles broke out during another pro-Palestine protest, which saw hundreds of people demonstrate near Downing Street on Tuesday.

No new Covid-19 deaths reported

No new Covid-19 deaths were reported in England on Monday - marking the first time in 11 months the country has gone 24 hours without a Covid-19 fatality being reported. The latest figures for England showed a daily increase of 2,357 new cases of infection, taking the national caseload to 4,437,217 as of Monday 10 May. Meanwhile the death toll remains unchanged at 127,609. 

PM to confirm lockdown changes for England

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to confirm changes to England's Covid-19 lockdown rules. The next stage of lockdown easing is provisionally planned to come into effect from Monday 17 May and will see indoor hospitality and household mixing return. Johnson is expected to hold a news conference at 17:00 local time, during which he will confirm whether or not national outbreak data has met the requirements to enable the continued easing of lockdown measures. Experts widely expect Johnson to say the data supports a further relaxation of restrictions, with Health Minister Nadine Dorries describing recent outbreak data as "extremely positive". Under the next stage of lockdown lifting, groups of up to 30 will be allowed to meet outdoors and up to six people or two households will be allowed to meet indoors. Pubs, restaurants, and other hospitality venues will also be allowed to reopen indoors.

Polls open for elections across UK

Polls have opened for elections across the UK on Thursday 6 May. Millions of voters are set to cast their ballots in elections for the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Senedd, and 143 councils and 13 mayors in England. A Westminster by-election is also taking place in Hartlepool. The polls are the biggest set of votes to be held in the UK since the 2019 general election and the first major elections to be held during the Covid-19 pandemic. Voters in England and Wales will also select 39 police and crime commissioners and voters in London will choose who sits in the London Assembly. Some of the polls were due to be held last year but were postposed due to the pandemic - meaning more elections than usual are being held at this time, with many dubbing the bumper set of elections "Super Thursday". Polling stations are open from 07:00 to 22:00 local time and are observing strict public health and safety measures, with social distancing in place and voters encouraged to bring their own pencils. 

Man stabbed to death at London shopping centre

A 21-year-old man has been stabbed to death at a shopping centre in north London. The victim was stabbed during a fight at the Brent Cross Shopping Centre at 18:45 local time on Tuesday. The Met Police said an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. The centre was evacuated following the incident. 

Two police officers wounded at Old Trafford protest

Two police officers were wounded during clashes with protesting supporters of Manchester United at the club's Old Trafford stadium. Around 200 protesters broke into the ground during a protest against the club's American owners ahead of a Premier League game against Liverpool. The fixture was abandoned due to the unrest at the stadium. "Two officers have been injured with one officer being attacked with a bottle and sustaining a significant slash wound to his face requiring emergency hospital treatment," said Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in a statement.

House of police officer targeted in arson attack, County Antrim

The house of a serving police officer has been targeted in an arson attack in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Three cars were destroyed in the incident on Glenarm Road in Larne early on Thursday morning. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are investigating a motive for the attack and whether the South-East Antrim Ulster Defence Association (UDA), a loyalist paramilitary gang, was involved. The officer and his family were at home at the time of the incident but no injuries were reported.

Arlene Foster resigns as DUP leader

Northern Ireland's first minister Arlene Foster has announced her intention to officially resign as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland. Foster's resignation comes after an internal revolt amongst her party's representatives as more than 20 DUP Northern Ireland Assembly members and four MPs sign a letter voicing no-confidence in the leadership. Foster is expected to resign as DUP leader on 28 May and will officially step down from the role of first minister at the end of June.

Nationwide Kill the Bill protests to take place

Nationwide Kill the Bill protests are due to take place across the UK over the coming weekend. According to reports, demonstrations will be held in most major towns and cities across England, Scotland, and Wales. The protests are going to take place on Saturday 01 May and come after a series of protests held as part of the Kill the Bill campaign, which has been protesting against a law change which gives police officers greater powers to stop protests. Protests have been confirmed for 39 locations so far, including Aberystwyth, Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cornwall, Edinburgh, Exeter, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, Winchester, and York. A full list of protest locations can be found here. General disruption and a police presence should be anticipated in affected areas.

Kill the Bill protest planned for Exeter

A 'Kill the Bill' protest has reportedly been organised in Exeter and is scheduled to take place over the coming weekend. The demonstration has been planned for Saturday 1 May, when participants will gather in Bedford Square from 13:00 local onwards. The protest is the latest in a series of demonstrations held under the Kill the Bill protest banner. The protest movement came about in response to a new law change which grants police greater powers to stop protests. Disruption should be expected throughout the immediate and surrounding area over the course of Saturday afternoon and evening.

Two wounded in shooting at college in Sussex

Two college staff have been wounded in a shooting in Sussex. Police said an 18-year-old man armed with a knife and a firearm has been arrested near Crawley College. Counter-terrorism officers have been deployed to assist Sussex Police in their investigations. Students were evacuated following the incident and roads around the college were closed.

Lockdown restrictions eased in Wales

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have been further eased in Wales amid a fall in infections. From Monday 26 April, all outdoor hospitality activities and venues may reopen and resume operations with social distancing measures in place. This includes all pubs, restaurants, and cafes. Organised sport and outdoor activities may also resume, with a limit of up to 30 people. Up to six people from six households may meet in an outdoors setting.

Boy charged with murder of teenager in London

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of another 14-year-old boy in London. Fares Maatou was stabbed outside a pizza restaurant on Barking Road in the Newham district on Friday. The 14-year-old suspect was also accused of possession of an offensive weapon, while a 15-year-old boy has been released on bail. Police said they are still investigating the motive behind the attack following reports that the victim was targeted for his e-scooter.

Extinction Rebellion activists dump fake coal outside Lloyd's of London

Extinction Rebellion activists dumped fake coal outside the Lloyd's of London building on Friday morning. The climate activists were protesting against the insurance industry's involvement in fossil fuels. Lloyd's is a marketplace including around 100 syndicates who provide insurance to various sectors, including the energy industry.

Kill the Bill protest to be held in Guildford

A demonstration is due to take place in the town of Guildford this weekend, under the banner of the 'Kill the Bill' protest movement. The event has been organised by Extinction Rebellion activists to call for the withdrawal of a new bill which grants police officers greater powers to suppress protest. The demonstration is due to be held on High Street from 13:00 local time onwards on Saturday 24 April. Participants are expected to gather opposite Holy Trinity Church before marching towards the Surrey Police station near Onslow Street. 

Football fans protest in Carrington

Fans of Manchester United Football Club have been staging a protest outside a training facility in Carrington, Greater Manchester. The protest has been taking place outside the Aon Training Complex - used by Manchester United players as a training facility. According to recent local reports, protesting fans are understood to have congregated at the facility to demonstrate their opposition to the club owners. Manchester United is one of six Premier League football teams - including Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Chelsea - involved in a recent controversy surrounding the formation of the European Super League. The owners of the six clubs clubs are largely seen as having driven the controversial league, which has since seen all six clubs withdraw amid widespread upset amongst fans. Further protests remain possible.

Extinction Rebellion protest held in London

A demonstration has been staged by a group of Extinction Rebellion activists in central London. The protest was held on Thursday morning outside the headquarters of HSBC bank in Canary Wharf, London. According to reports, police were called to attend to the scene after activists began smashing windows of the HSBC building. The demonstration was organised by the group as a follow-up rally to another protest held at the site earlier this month as part of a campaign to highlight the role played by the financial sector in contributing to worsening climate change. General disruption has been reported around the site.

Scottish lecturers launch strike

College lecturers in Scotland have launched a strike as part of a campaign to rally against proposed job title and staff replacements. According to recent reports, the two-day strike will last until Thursday 22 April, having got underway on Tuesday morning. The industrial action has allegedly been organised by the Colleges Scotland Employers' Association - which has been embroiled in a long-running dispute over claims that the job title of 'lecturer' risked being replaced with lower-paid roles such as 'instructor' or 'assessor'. In response, the Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association has called claims of alleged plans to replace staff and job titles an “unfounded allegation".

India added to Covid-19 'red list'

India has been added to the UK's coronavirus 'red list' of countries from which most travel to the UK is banned. The move comes amid concerns about a possible new Covid-19 variant discovered in India as it struggles to cope with a major second wave in cases nationwide. The travel ban means that, from 04:00 local time on Friday 23 April, all international travellers who have travelled from India in the last 10 days will be refused entry. The development comes after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled his delayed trip to India due to the surge in infections there.

Man injured in latest paramilitary-style shooting, Londonderry

A man has been severely injured after becoming the latest victim in a string of paramilitary-style attacks in Londonderry. The man, aged in his 50s, was reportedly shot in the legs by masked men who broke into his house on Whitethorn Drive in the Currynierin area of the Waterside on Thursday night. The incident is the second such shooting reported in the city within three days and the seventh since the start of the year. Police suspect the shootings are being carried out by dissident republicans, attempting to exert control over certain communities. The attacks appear to be linked to wider criminal activity, including extortion and the sale and supply of drugs.

Covid-19 restrictions eased in Scotland

Covid-19 restrictions are being eased in Scotland, as new rule son travel and outdoor meetings come into effect as part of a gradual relaxation of lockdown measures. Under new rules, people will now be allowed to travel between council areas - meaning residents can travel outside of their local are for non-essential reasons. Groups of up to six people from up to six separate households are also now allowed to meet outdoors in a social setting. The latest easing of measure was originally due to come into effect on 26 April, but was brought forward to 16 April due to favourable progress made in suppressing the virus. Significant restrictions still remain in place, with bans on overnight stays outside of council areas. People should also aim to shop within their own council areas and to maintain two-metres social distancing guidelines when meeting people outdoors.

Kill the Bill protest to be held in Leeds

A Kill the Bill protest is due to take place in Leeds over the coming weekend. According to reports, the demonstration has been scheduled for Sunday 18 April, with participants expected to congregate near Woodhouse Moor in Hyde Park. The event will last from 14:00 to 16:00 local time, but could overrun into the evening, as previous such protests have. The protest has been organised by Extinction Rebellion leaders alongside KilltheBill Leeds to protest against police being granted greater powers to stop protests. Significant disruption should be anticipated throughout the area.

RMT Union protest held in Southampton

A demonstration has been held by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT Union) in the city of Southampton, Hampshire. The protest has been staged along the high street in the Bargate area in the city centre, to protest the alleged unfair dismissal of Declan Clune - secretary of the Bluestar public bus company, who was allegedly fired for reporting concerns to Network Rail regarding a bridge being struck by vehicles. The demonstration has been held in accordance with current Covid-19 rules and guidance. The protest comes as part of a high-profile campaign in support of Clune's reinstatement as secretary of Bluestar's Southampton branch. RMT is currently in dispute with the company and is balloting bus driver members to strike. Further industrial action in the city is likely.

Buckingham Palace announces Duke of Edinburgh's death

Buckingham Palace has announced the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip reportedly passed away on Friday morning at Windsor Castle, aged 99. The Duke's passing comes after he underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition earlier this year. The Queen will now enter an eight-day morning period - during which no laws can be passed. A national mourning period will also be observed until the day of Prince Philip's funeral - which will most likely be a ceremonial funeral, not a state funeral.

Wales to ease lockdown measures

The Welsh government has announced it aims to further ease Covid-19 lockdown measures earlier than previously expected. Rule changes on household mixing and gyms reopening are to be brought forward a week earlier than planned. Gyms and leisure centres will be allowed to open from 3 May, instead of 10 May, while two households will be allowed to form a bubble to meet indoors from the same date. Wedding receptions can also be held for up to 30 people outdoors from 26 April. The move comes as outbreak data shows there has been a drop in virus cases reported. Dates for reopening the hospitality industry remain unchanged, with pubs, cafes, and restaurants still set to reopen from 26 April.

Violent riots continue in Belfast

Violent riots and unrest has continued for a seventh night in the Northern Irish capital of Belfast. According to reports, police were targeted with petrol bombs, fireworks, and stones which were thrown by protesters. The unrest follows large-scale rioting on Wednesday night and saw crowds gather on both sides of an interface between loyalist and nationalist areas in west Belfast. Police used a water cannon to disperse crowds in a bid to prevent further violence and urged people to avoid the Springfield Road area. In total, more than 50 police officers have been injured amid clashes over the last few days. An emergency meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly was held on Thursday to discuss the disorder, while UK PM Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin have called for a calming of tensions.

Myanmar's military attache occupy embassy in London

Myanmar's military attache have allegedly occupied Myanmar's embassy in London, locking out the country's ex-ambassador to the UK, Kyaw Zwar Minn. According to reports, Minn stated that staff were asked to leave the building by the military attache and that he was dismissed as the country's representative - leading him to spend the night in his car on the street outside the embassy building. Minn previously criticised the military coup which seized power in Myanmar on 1 February and called for the country's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be released. On Thursday morning, Minn claimed that embassy staff had been threatened by military personnel and urged the UK government not to recognise the military junta's newly appointed ambassador and to deport him. Police were allegedly called to the building to prevent staff from re-entering. Protesters also gathered outside after news of the incident spread. While British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has condemned the "bullying actions," the UK has to accept the change in accordance with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, which states an ambassador's job officially ends once the host country has been informed. The Foreign Office confirmed it received notification of Minn's termination as ambassador.

Violent unrest reported in Belfast

Violent and disruptive unrest has been reported in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The violence was reported overnight, as protesters hijacked a public bus before setting fire to the vehicle in the city's sixth night of unrest. Protests have been escalating violently in Northern Ireland, as loyalist groups continue to demonstrate amid heightened tensions over the Northern Ireland Protocol on Brexit - which would see a de facto border established in the Irish sea separating Northern Ireland and mainland Britain. The incidents were reported in the Shankill Road and Lanark Way areas, where protesters also set fire to bins and tyres, while a press photographer was also allegedly assaulted. Protests have also been fuelled by the police's alleged mishandling of Covid-19 pandemic regulation breaches by members of the Sinn Fein party. Police officers were reportedly pelted with stones by protesters, although no casualties have been reported. 

Extinction Rebellion protest held in Canary Wharf, London

A group of climate change activists have organised an Extinction Rebellion demonstration in central London. The protest has been held on Wednesday outside the Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf, London. According to reports, the protest was arranged to draw attention and raise awareness over the role played by the financial sector in climate change and to call on key players to bear responsibility for improved environmental policies. A police presence was reported at the demonstration, during which, protesters apparently smashed windows of the building, causing material damage.

Man arrested following rioting near Belfast

A 47-year-old man has been arrested and charged following rioting in the Newtonabbey area of Belfast. Thirty petrol bombs were thrown at police and several vehicles torched during the unrest on Saturday night. Further unrest was reported in Carrickfergus on Sunday night, with more petrol bombs thrown at officers. These incidents followed rioting in the Tullyally area of Londonderry on Friday, during which 12 officers suffered injuries. Police Federation chair Mark Lindsay told the BBC that there was "obviously paramilitary involvement" in the recent attacks.

Dozens arrested at Kill the Bill protest in central London

More than 100 people were arrested at a Kill the Bill protest in central London. The Met Police said people were detained for offences including breach of the peace, violent disorder, assault on police and breaches of Covid legislation. Officials said the majority of people observed social distancing rules and left the rally peacefully. "We should not allow the behaviour of a few individuals who attend these events with the purpose of committing criminal acts to taint the good behaviour of the majority who attended yesterday," said Commander Ade Adelekan.

Government bans travel from Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh and Philippines

The UK government has added the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh to England's "red list" of countries. The decision means that that travel from these countries will be prohibited from 9 April. UK nationals will be required to self-isolate in a government-approved hotel for 10-days upon arrival. "The government has made it consistently clear it will take decisive action if necessary to contain the virus and has added these destinations to the red list to protect public health," said the government.

Met Police officer convicted over neo-Nazi group links

A Met Police officer has been convicted of involvement in far-right terrorism. PC Benjamin Hannam, 22, was found guilty of being a member of National Action (NA) at the Old Bailey on Thursday. He was also convicted of lying on his Met Police application and having terror documents, including a copy of the "manifesto" of the right-wing extremist Anders Breivik. "We are highly concerned that we have a serving police officer who has previously been a member of a proscribed organisation such as National Action and we have followed every line of inquiry as you would expect us to do so," said Commander Richard Smith, head of Scotland Yard's Counter-Terrorism Command.

Protesters gather outside Bristol police station

Hundreds of people have gathered outside a police station in central Bristol as part of the latest 'Kill the Bill' protest. Demonstrators had met at Castle Park and College Green before marching to the Bridewell police station, where they were met by riot police. "Projectiles, including eggs and glass bottles, are being thrown at officers. Protestors are also pulling at officers’ shields while lasers are being shone in their faces," said Avon and Somerset Police on Twitter. Several people have been arrested.

Royal Navy jet crashes in Cornwall

A Royal Navy jet has crashed in a field in Cornwall. The accident occurred on Thursday in the St Martins area of Helston. Both pilots reportedly ejected from the aircraft and have since been airlifted to hospital with injuries after receiving critical care at the scene. The Royal Navy Hawk aircraft was based out of RNAS Culdrose in Helston. An investigation into the crash is duet o get underway. People have been advised by police to avoid the area.

Fourteen arrested amid Bristol protests

Fourteen arrests have been made by the police amid continued protests in Bristol. The latest arrests were made on Tuesday night, when around 130 people had gathered at College Green for a second night of protests against the government's new Police and Crime Bill. The second demonstration came two days after an initial protest held in the city turned violent over the weekend, with several police officers injured. The protests are in direct violation of current Covid-19 lockdown measures, which prohibit outdoor gatherings. During the peak of Tuesday's demonstration, it's estimated between 200 and 250 were in attendance. While the protest remained peaceful during the day, violence broke out as night fell, when police attempted to disperse crowds.

Clothing retailer hit by cyber attack

British clothing retailer Fat Face has been hit by a cyber attack, leading to a data breach. According to reports, the breach occurred on 17th January 2021, enabling an unauthorised third party access to the retailer's IT systems. In an email sent out to affected customers, the company confirmed that some employee and customer information had been exposed during the breach, including names, addresses, emails, and partial payment card information by way of the last four digits and expiry date. Affected customers have been assured the payment card information "cannot be misused for fraudulent transactions" and have advised customers against cancelling payment cards, but have offered free credit monitoring and support services out of an "abundance of caution". Further details regarding the nature of the breach or how many customers or employees were affected have not been provided.

Man arrested by counter-terrorism officers in London

The Metropolitan police have arrested a man on suspicion of explosive substance and terrorism offences. The 53-year-old was detained during a raid on an address in south-west London on Monday, the force said in a statement. Earlier today he was further arrested "on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism under Section 40(1)(B) Terrorism Act (TACT) 2000." The Met said investigations are ongoing.

PM to speak with EU amid vaccine export row

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to speak with EU leaders amid a brewing row over a potential export ban on Covid-19 vaccine supplies. Johnson is expected to speak with EU counterparts this week, ahead of a virtual meeting due to be held on Thursday in which EU leaders will discuss a ban on Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine exports to the UK. According to reports, Johnson aims to present the UK's case in one-on-one phone calls prior to Thursday's meeting, which could see the EU ban vaccines made on the continent being sent to the UK.

Police attacked during Bristol protest

Several police officers have been wounded after they were attacked by protesters in Bristol. A large crowd had gathered for the 'Kill the Bill' demonstration in the city centre on Sunday to condemn the Police and Crime Bill. Demonstrators threw fireworks, scaled a police station and torched police vehicles during the unrest. Avon and Somerset Police said perpetrators would be "identified and brought to justice," while Home Secretary Priti Patel described the events as "unacceptable."

Thousands join anti-lockdown protest, London

Thousands of people joined an anti-lockdown protest in London on Saturday. Police said at least 33 people were arrested for breaching Covid-19 restrictions at the rally, which saw people march from Hyde Park to Westminister. There were reports of minor clashes between protesters and riot police at the event after a small group started throwing bottles at officers. Earlier this week more than 60 politicians wrote to Home Secretary Priti Patel to call for peaceful protesters to be allowed during the lockdown.

Anti-lockdown protest to take place in London

An anti-lockdown protest is due to be held in the capital city of London over the coming weekend. According to recent reports, the demonstration has been organised to protest against continued Covid-19 restrictions prohibiting social movement. The protest is scheduled to take place on Saturday 20 March, starting at 13:00 local time in central London. Some general disruption should be expected throughout the area, with an increased police presence likely.

Five injured in North Belfast stabbing

Five people have reportedly sustained injuries following a stabbing incident in North Belfast. The incident occurred during the early hours of Wednesday morning at around 02:00 local time in the York Street area, where police were called out to respond to reports of a woman being stabbed and a man being attacked. The five casualties have been identified as four young women and one young man - most of whom were ages in the 20s but included one female teen. Two of the female victims remain in hospital, while the other three victims sustained only minor injuries. Two women, aged 26 and 27, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. A 20-year-old man has also been detained on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in a public space and attempted grievous bodily harm with intent. All three suspects remain in custody as investigations go forward.

Protest held in London over Sarah Everard killing

A protest was held in London on Tuesday to demonstrate against the recent killing of Sarah Everard, who went missing in London earlier this month before her body was discovered in Ashford, Kent. A Met police officer was detained on suspicion of murder in connection with the case and has since been charged. Everard's case has drawn attention to the issue of women's security, inspiring the protest at Parliament Square on Tuesday. The protest remained peaceful with minimal disruption reported.

Further Covid-19 lockdown measures eased in Scotland

Further relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions have been announced in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed on Tuesday that the next stage of the easing of lockdown measures will include hairdressers and garden centres being allowed to reopen in Scotland from 5 April - just days after the 'stay at home' order is due to be lifted on 2 April. People will still be required to stay within their local area until 26 April, when the domestic travel ban will be lifted in Scotland. From this date, all shops, gyms, and tourist accommodation are also expected to reopen, along with some indoor hospitality.

Portugal removed from England's travel ban list

Portugal is to be removed from England's Covid-19 travel ban list, meaning travellers will be allowed to quarantine at home, rather than follow mandatory hotel quarantine rules at a cost of £1,750. While Portugal has been removed from the 'red list' of countries, Ethiopia, Oman, Qatar, and Somalia are being added to the list. The travel ban list comes as part of travel regulations aimed at stopping Covid-19 variants from entering the country.

Officials investigating new coronavirus variant

Public health officials in England have launched an investigation into the detection of a new coronavirus variant. Public Health England (PHE) is understood to be leading the investigation, which is at current primarily focused on two individuals in the South East of England who tested positive for the virus after recently travelling to the UK from Antigua. The new variant has been identified as 'VUI-202103/01' and was officially designated as a "variant under investigation" earlier this month. The new strain is believed to share some traits of other coronavirus variants but has not been categorised as a Variant of Concern (VOC) for the time being. 

Wales to relax Covid-19 restrictions

Wales has announced plans to relax Covid-19 restrictions from this weekend. The Welsh government confirmed on Friday that certain measures will begin to be phased out from Saturday 13 March until Monday 12 April. This will include the 'stay at home' order, which will be replaced with advice to 'stay local'. Under relaxed measures, up to four adults from two households will also be allowed to gather outdoors, while sports facilities will also be able to reopen. All primary schools are set to reopen from Monday 15 March, along with hairdressers and salons in a limited capacity. Garden centres will be allowed to reopen on 22 March, with an aim for all non-essential shops reopening by 12 April.

Rules on outdoor meetings relaxed in Scotland

Scotland has relaxed Covid-19 rules on meeting people outdoors, allowing up to four adults from two different households to meet in any outdoor space, including private gardens. Restrictions on young people meeting outside have also been eased, with four people aged 12-17 from up to four different households allowed to meet. Outdoor non-contact group sports for adults have also been allowed to restart. The gradual relaxation of rules comes several days earlier than previously expected, with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon highlighting recent progress made in suppressing the virus.

Remains found in Kent in search for missing woman

Human remains have been found in woodland near Ashford in Kent amid a large-scale search for missing 33 -year-old woman, Sarah Everard. The remains are thought to be those of Everard, who went missing from Clapham in London last month, when walking to a friend's house. A Met police officer has been arrested in connection with the case and is being questioned on suspicion of murder and kidnap. An event called 'Reclaim these Streets' is due to be held on Clapham Common on Saturday evening, in strict adherence with Covid-19 public health measures and restrictions.

Scotland's Deputy First Minister survives vote of no confidence

Scotland's Deputy First Minister John Swinney has survived a vote of no confidence. The vote was brought against Swinney in Holyrood on Wednesday by the Scottish Conservatives over a row which has broken out concerning the government's promise to assist an inquiry committee investigating the government's ongoing legal battle with former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. The motion was voted down after the Greens sided with the Scottish Nationalist Party, dismissing the move as a political stunt.

Nurses protest in Manchester and London

Demonstrations have been taking place in city of Manchester and in the capital city of London as nurses protest a proposed one percent pay rise for NHS workers. The protest took place on Sunday and were mostly peaceful, although one protester was arrested near St Peter's Square in Manchester for allegedly obstructing police officers. Organisers have also reportedly been fined £10,000, as the demonstrations violated nationwide lockdown restrictions amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Further such protests are likely to take place and could be held in major towns and cities over the next few weeks.

Six cases of Manaus variant detected in UK

Up to six cases of the Brazillian Manaus variant of coronavirus have been detected in the UK, Public Health England (PHE) officials said on Sunday. Three cases were found in England and another three in Scotland. Two of the three cases found in England were from a household in the South Gloucestershire area. “The important thing to remember is that Covid-19, no matter what variant it is, spreads in the same way. That means the measures to stop it spreading do not change,” Susan Hopkins, PHE’s strategic response director, said. 

PM outlines plan to ease national lockdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has outlined plans to ease national lockdown measure in England amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking in the Commons on Monday, Johnson stated that the new four-step plan to ease lockdown will begin with a re-opening of schools from 8 March. Following this initial step, more significant social relaxations may be allowed by 12 April, if strict conditions are met. This would enable shops, hairdressers, gyms, and outdoor hospitality to re-open, and enable up to six people to meet for outdoor gatherings. A third step on 17 May could see the 'rule of six' lifted for outdoor settings, and replaced with a limit of 30 people. If all conditions continue to be met, the fourth and final step on 21 June would see all legal limits on social contact removed, and the last closed sectors of the economy re-opened - such as nightclubs. Restrictions on weddings and funerals could also be entirely lifted from this date. 

DUP and UUP pursue legal action against Northern Ireland Protocol

Unionist parties of Northern Ireland have announced plans to pursue legal action against the Northern Ireland Protocol. The DUP and UUP are named parties in a judicial review challenging the Northern Ireland Protocol’s compatibility with the Act of Union 1800, the Northern Ireland Act of 1998 and the Belfast Agreement. The protocol, created to maintain the integrity of the EU’s single market while avoiding a hard border with the Republic of Ireland, has created a regulatory border between NI and Great Britain and disrupted trade.

Woman killed in Bury house explosion

A 79-year-old woman has been killed and two other people have been injured following a house explosion in Bury, Greater Manchester. The blast occurred on Wednesday evening at a property on Waterside Road in Summerseat, just north of Bury. The explosion caused the terraced property to collapse, inflicting extensive damage to neighbouring properties either side. Approximately 30 surrounding houses were initially evacuated as a precaution while response teams worked to isolate the gas supply. An investigation into the cause of the deadly blast has been launched.

Northern Ireland lockdown extended

Covid-19 lockdown measures in Northern Ireland have been extended. Restrictions which were imposed on 26 December 2020 are now set to remain in place until 1 April 2021, with another review due to take place on 18 March. The extension comes in a bid to stem a possible rise in cases ahead of St Patrick's Day and the run-up to Easter. 

Over 700 new Covid-19 deaths reported

More than 700 new Covid-19 deaths have been reported in the UK over the last 24 hours. The latest daily increase of 738 newly registered coronavirus fatalities takes the country's death toll up to almost 119,000. A further 12,718 new cases of infection have also been reported, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of the virus to 4.07 million. The figures reflect a continued decline in daily increases since mid-January and support recent studies showing a fall in cases across England. Virus levels still remain high though in comparison to the first half of 2020, when the first wave of infections hit the country. Meanwhile, the government is preparing to publish a roadmap for easing the lockdown in England on Monday.

Blaze on Dartmoor contained

A huge fire which has broken out on Dartmoor has been largely 'contained' as of Friday morning. The blaze spread across a three-mile stretch of the moorland near Tavistock after starting on Thursday evening. No significant spread has been recorded since 06:20 local time on Friday, as firefighting crews continue to tackle the fire. Firefighters described the blaze as "extremely dangerous" due to windy conditions and low visibility; however, no casualties have been reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Covid-19 death toll increases by 1,001

The national death toll for Covid-19 has increased by over a thousand in the last 24 hours. The latest daily increase of 1,001 newly registered Covid-19 fatalities has taken the country's total number of confirmed deaths to nearly 115,000. Meanwhile, an additional 13,013 new cases of infection have also been reported - taking the UK's caseload closer to the four million mark. It's expected the country will surpass four million confirmed cases by the end of the week.

Over 1,000 new Covid-19 deaths reported

More than a thousand new Covid19 deaths have been reported in the UK over the last 24 hours. The latest daily increase of 1,052 puts the national death toll at almost 114,000 - the fifth highest death toll worldwide. Meanwhile, an additional 12,364 new cases of infection have also been reported, bringing the country's coronavirus caseload to more than 3.97 million.

Arrivals to take two Covid-19 tests

All arrivals into the UK will now be required to take two Covid-19 tests whilst quarantining. The tests will need to be taken on days two and eight of a mandatory 10-day quarantine period. Another test must also have been taken within 72 hours prior to travelling. The change comes as part of an attempt by the British government to prevent other variants of the virus from entering the country amid increasing concern surrounding new strains which are more resistant to existing vaccines.

One killed and nine wounded in Croydon stabbings

One man has died and at least nine others have been wounded in a series of stabbings in Croydon, south London. A man was fatally stabbed and another injured in an attack in the Thornton Heath area around 20:00 on Friday. Earlier two men were stabbed in the same area, and four others went to hospital with stab wounds. The Metropolitan Police said there were no indications at this stage that the incidents were linked. Labour MP for Croydon North Steve Reed said the "absolutely horrific news" would "devastate our community".

Three die in Kilmarnock stabbings

Three people - two women and one man - have died in linked incidents in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. Scottish police have confirmed the deaths of a 39-year-old woman, a 24-year-old woman, and 40-year-old man. The first woman was attacked in University Crosshouse Hospital car park at 19:45 local time on Thursday evening. The second woman was then fatally stabbed in another incident 20 minutes later on Portland Street, two miles away. The third victim, died after being attacked at 20:30 in a road accident on the C50 in the outskirts of the town. Initial police investigations have found all three fatal incident to be linked, with police looking for a single perpetrator. Cordons remain in place as investigations continue, although police have assured there is no ongoing threat to the public and the attacks are not thought to be terror-related.

Over 900 new Covid-19 deaths confirmed

More than 900 new Covid-19 deaths have been reported in the UK over the last 24 hours. According to the latest national outbreak data, the daily increase reported on Thursday of 915 newly registered coronavirus fatalities takes the country's total death toll to over 110,000. Meanwhile, an additional 20,34 new cases of infection have also been diagnosed, bringing the national caseload to almost 3.9 million.

Deadly shooting reported in Belfast

A fatal shooting incident has been reported in the Northern Irish capital of Belfast. The shooting occurred on Cliftonville Road at around 20:15 local time on Tuesday evening. According to initial reports, the police were called out to respond to reports of a suspected shooting and have since confirmed the death of one male victim. The motive behind the incident has yet to be determined as investigations are launched.

UK Covid death toll increases by almost 1,500

The UK's total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths has increased to more than 108,000 fatalities following the latest daily rise of 1,449 newly-registered Covid-19 deaths. An additional 16,840 new cases of infection have also been diagnosed and confirmed over the last 24 hours, brining the national caseload to over 3.85 million as of Tuesday 02 February.

Northern Ireland Brexit port checks suspended amid safety concerns

Some Brexit port checks in Northern Ireland (NI) have reportedly been suspended amid concerns for staff safety. Checks on animal and food products at ports in Belfast and Larne have been suspended pending further talks between the Department of Agriculture and local police. The suspension comes after Mid and East Antrim Council withdrew staff from Brexit inspection duties citing concerns for staff welfare after threatening graffiti was painted in the area. Local officials explained the "menacing behaviour" stemmed from growing tensions over the NI Protocol. In response, police have now increased patrols at Larne port, along with other unspecified points of entry. First Minister Arlene Foster has condemned the threats, adding the way to deal with the NI Protocol was through "constitutional politics".

Over 400 new Covid-19 deaths reported

More than 400 new Covid-19 deaths have been reported in the UK over the last 24 hours. According to the latest national outbreak data, 406 new fatalities have been confirmed, bringing the country's total death toll to more than 106,500 as of Monday 01 February. In addition, some 18,600 new cases of infection have also been diagnosed - raising the national caseload to almost 3,836,000.

SA Covid-19 variant transmission triggers increased testing

Increased testing procedures have been triggered in England after cases of the South African (SA) variant of Covid-19 were detected over the weekend. Urgent testing for the SA strain will now be launched in parts of England, following the detection of two cases of the variant in Surrey. While previous cases of the SA variant in the UK have been traced back to South Africa, in both new cases, the patients have no known links to travel or other existing cases - indicating the strain was locally transmitted. Increased testing is preliminarily expected to target the south-eastern counties of Surrey, Hertfordshire, and Kent. The town of Walsall in the West Midlands will also see urgent testing measures introduced.

Covid vaccine offered to all care homes

The Covid-19 vaccine has been offered to all care homes in England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the achievement as a "crucial milestone", with a target of 15 February set for the the vaccination of all care home residents and carers, as well as all those aged over 70 and frontline workers. So far, close to nine million people have received the first dose of the vaccine, while almost half a million have already received their second dose.

Special UK visa for Hong Kong residents to come into effect

A special UK visa for Hong Kong residents will be applicable from Sunday 31 January. Some 300,000 people are expected to leave Hong Kong for Britain using a new visa route which opens this weekend. Hong Kong's British National (Overseas) passport holders and their immediate dependents will be able to apply for the visa, and those who secure it will then be allowed to apply for settlement after five years of living in the UK, and then British citizenship after an additional 12 months. The visa was announced last July after China imposed a controversial new security law in Hong Kong, prompting a warning from China to the UK, not to meddle in domestic affairs.

Suspicious package triggers evacuation at Wrexham Industrial Estate

An industrial site in Wrexham has been evacuated after receiving a suspicious package. North Wales Police confirmed that the incident happened on Wednesday morning at the Wrexham Industrial Estate. BBC reported that the package was delivered to the Wockhardt UK, a vaccine manufacturer in charge of producing the Astra Zeneca/University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said: "We are working with local police and the military to find out more about this incident". The Wockhardt plant has a capacity to produce 300m vaccine doses.

Schools to remain shut until early-March

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that schools in England will remain closed until at least early-March. During a statement given to the House of Commons, Boris Johnson said that schools would remain closed after the half-term in February. With the announcement, the plans to lift the lockdown could be delayed until mid-March as schools were previously claimed to be a priority. He said: "Reopening schools must be our national priority and the first sign of normality beginning to return." The announcement comes as the UK reached 100,000 coronavirus deaths.

UK arrivals from high-risk countries to be quarantined in hotels

Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to announce new restrictions on international arrivals in the UK. People arriving in the UK from most countries in South America, southern Africa and Portugal will be required to quarantine in hotels. The decision comes due to fears of the spread of the new Brazilian and South African variant of the virus in the UK. The measure also applies to British nationals and UK residents. The new restrictions were approved after lengthy discussions on whether to expand the measures to other high-risk areas. Currently, people arriving in the UK are required to quarantine for up to 10 days and present a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before landing.

UK coronavirus death toll exceeds 100,000

The UK's coronavirus death toll has exceeded 100,000 as the country reports a record-breaking daily increase in coronavirus fatalities. In the last 24 hours, the government has confirmed that more than 1,600 people have died of coronavirus and 22,000 new cases were confirmed. Latest numbers show that nearly seven million people have already received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Government data shows that although the number of cases has started to slow, the number of hospitalisations remains extremely high throughout the country.

Almost 600 new coronavirus deaths reported

Almost 600 new coronavirus deaths were reported in the UK yesterday. The latest daily increase of 592 takes the national death toll up to 98,531. It's feared that, based on the current rate, the death toll could surpass the 100,000-mark by the end of the week. Meanwhile, an additional 22,195 new cases of infection have also been diagnosed, bringing the country's overall caseload close to 3.67 million as of Monday 25 January 2021.

Teenager killed in residential area in Handsworth, Birmingham

A 15-year-old has died after being targeted in a residential street in Handsworth, Birmingham. According to the police, the teenager died moments after being taken to the hospital. Another teenager was arrested on the suspicion of murder. Investigations are ongoing. The incident happened on Linwood Road on Thursday afternoon. The suspects attempted to flee the scene in a vehicle but crashed into a house. Reports indicate that the suspects were armed with knives.

Flights to and from Portugal suspended

Flights between the UK and Portugal have been suspended in a bid to contain the new strain of Covid-19 which emerged in the UK last month. The flight suspension will take effect from Saturday 23 January 2021. Portugal's prime minister Antonio Costa confirmed the suspension in a statement on Thursday. Only repatriation flights will be allowed between both countries. Costa described the measure as a move to reduce the "risk of contagion" in light of the new, more contagious UK variant of coronavirus.

Northern Ireland extends coronavirus lockdown until March

The coronavirus lockdown in Northern Ireland has been extended until 5 March. NI Health Minister Robin Swann confirmed the decision on Thursday afternoon. During the lockdown, non-essential businesses and most schools will be forced to remain shut. People have also been encouraged to work from home. First Minister Arlene Foster said: “Following a detailed outline from health highlighting continuing pressures on hospitals and intensive care units and the emergence of highly-transmissible variants the Executive has agreed that the restrictions will be extended for four weeks.” On Thursday, the Department of Health confirmed 21 coronavirus deaths and 730 new cases.

EU diplomats in the UK not to be granted full immunity

EU diplomats in the UK will not be granted full diplomatic immunity. The Guardian reported that based on leaked documents, EU diplomats will not have full rights in the UK as predicted under the Vienna Convention. The UK Foreign Office said that the decision is based on not opening new precedents to other organisations. In more than 140 countries, officers of the EU External Action Service are granted full diplomatic protection. Previously, EU diplomats had full rights as predicted under the Lisbon Treaty - an agreement that the UK no longer adheres to as it has left the EU.

Widespread flooding triggers evacuations in northern England and Wales

More than 2,000 homes have been evacuated due to floods in England and Wales. Storm Christoph brought intense rainfall to northern England and Wales on Wednesday evening. According to the BBC, precautionary evacuations were carried out in Didsbury, Northenden, Ruthin and Bangor-on-Dee. The Met Office issued weather alerts across the country, while more than 200 flooding warnings were issued by the Environmental Agency. Severe travel disruption was reported in some areas, including the suspension of some routes using LNER lines in York and Darlington.

Over 1,800 new Covid-19 deaths confirmed

More than 1,800 new Covid-19 deaths were reported yesterday, bringing the country's total death toll to more than 93,000 as of Wednesday 20 January. An additional 38,905 new cases of infection were also diagnosed. The latest daily increase takes the national caseload to more than 3.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases.

Record-breaking 1,820 coronavirus deaths reported in the UK

The UK has reported a further 1,820 coronavirus deaths, a new record-breaking daily increase. Data from Public Health England (PHE) confirmed that nearly 39,000 cases were also confirmed on Wednesday. In the last seven days, government data confirmed a decrease of more than 21 percent in positive cases but the number of deaths suffered an increase of nearly 15 percent.

Over 33,000 new Covid-19 cases reported

More than 33,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the UK yesterday. The latest daily increase of 33,355 puts the UK's national caseload at over 3.46 million. The country's death toll has also gone up to 91,470 as of Tuesday 19 January, after an additional 1,610 newly registered coronavirus fatalities were reported yesterday. The UK has the world's fifth-highest caseload and death toll.

More than 1,600 new coronavirus deaths reported in the UK

More than 1,600 coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in the UK in the last 24 hours. This is the highest daily increase in deaths since the pandemic hit the UK in March. Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that more than 33,300 cases were also confirmed on Tuesday. The UK has already kicked off its vaccination campaign after granting emergency approval to three vaccines. Latest data shows that more than 4.2m people already received their first dose of the vaccine.

Scotland Covid-19 lockdown extended

The Covid-19 lockdown in Scotland has been extended into next month. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated on Tuesday that the lockdown will now remain in place until mid-February, at the earliest. According to reports, Sturgeon asserted that although transmission of the virus appeared to be declining and there was "cautious grounds for optimism" regarding coronavirus case numbers, rates were still too high to ease restrictions. This means lockdown measures must remain in place and schools will have to stay closed with pupils continuing to learn from home. The level four restrictions have been in place since 26 December 2020.

Amber weather warnings issued for Storm Christoph

Amber weather warnings have been issued across parts of the UK as Storm Christoph approaches. The Met Office has issued rain warnings for Tuesday, for Yorkshire and the Humber, the North West, the East Midlands, and eastern England. Forecasters predict the storm will bring widespread flooding, accompanied by strong gales and snow in parts. A major incident has been announced for South Yorkshire. A yellow rain alert has been issued for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern parts of Scotland, as well as other areas of England.

Almost 1,300 new Covid-19 deaths recorded

Close to 1,300 new fatal cases of Covid-19 were recorded on Sunday, taking the country's total death toll up to 89,261. A further 41,346 new cases of infection were also diagnosed during the same 24-hour period, bringing the national caseload to over 3.39 million. The latest outbreak figures come as the national vaccination programme opens up to invite all those over the age of 70 to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments.

All travel corridors to the UK set to close

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all travel corridors to the UK will be closed. From Monday, countries previously included in the UK FCDO safe travel list will be excluded. All international visitors to the UK will be required to present a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before departure - fines of up to £500 may be applied to those that fail to present a valid test. The requirement for a negative PCR test for countries currently on the safe list will be enforced from 04:00 (GMT) on 18 January. Further information is available on the FCDO website.

Weaker Brazilian coronavirus variant detected in the UK

A Brazilian coronavirus variant has been detected in the UK. Professor Wendy Barclay, the head of the G2P-UK National Virology Consortium said: "There are two different types of Brazilian variants and one of them has been detected and one of them has not." Professor Barclay confirmed that the variant found in the UK is not the same as the one detected in Japan, which is more infectious. Preliminary research suggests that this less infectious variant does not affect the vaccines. The UK has recently imposed a travel ban for countries in South America along with Portugal due to the new more contagious Brazilian variant.

Error on police database leads to deletion of thousands of arrest records

A technical issue led to the deletion of more than 150,000 arrest records from the police database. Home Secretary Priti Patel has been pressured by the Labour opposition to clarify the situation which affected records stored on the Police National Computer (PNC). The Guardian reported that critical data, including DNA and fingerprint records, were also deleted. The Home Office said: “The technical issue with the Police National Computer has been resolved, and we are working at pace with law enforcement partners to assess its impact". It added that the issue was already resolved.

UK bans flights from South America over Brazilian coronavirus variant

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a ban on incoming flights from South America, Cabo Verde and Portugal. From 04:00 on Friday, only British and Irish nationals will be allowed entry in the UK on flights departing from these areas. Those that are allowed entry - including legal residents - will be required to self-isolate for 10 days. Among the countries included on the ban are Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. The decision comes after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in Brazil. Portugal is added to the list due to its deep ties with Brazil.

Lockdown rules tightened in Scotland

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are being tightened in Scotland. Six new rules will come into effect from Saturday 16 January. The new rules mean that only shops selling essential items - such as clothing, footwear, baby equipment, homeware, and books - will be allowed to provide clock and collect services. Takeaways can also no longer allow customers inside - instead operating from a hatch or doorway. There will also be a ban on the consumption of alcohol outdoors in all level four areas, including all of mainland Scotland, along with a number of islands. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated that  those who were working from home during the lockdown last year, should do so again.

UK bans travel from several African countries due to SA coronavirus variant

Nearly a dozen African countries have been hit with an entry ban in the UK due to fears of the spread of the South African variant of the coronavirus. From Saturday, people that have travelled to Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola, Seychelles and Mauritius, will be banned from entering the UK. A travel ban was imposed on South Africa on 23 December. The ban will remain in place for two weeks. The decision comes as the UK is also facing its own coronavirus variant. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told LBC: “The South African variant is worrying the experts because it may be that the vaccine doesn’t respond in the same way or doesn’t work in quite the same way."

UK reports record high daily increase in coronavirus deaths

The UK has reported its highest daily increase in coronavirus deaths since the pandemic hit the country nearly a year ago. Latest data shows that 1,325 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus. Data published on Friday also shows that more than 68,000 new cases were confirmed. In the last week alone, data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that more than 1.1m people in the UK had coronavirus. London Mayor Sadiq Kahn has recently acknowledged that the virus is out of control in the capital and has declared a major incident.

London declares 'major incident' as Covid-19 cases rise

London has declared a 'major incident' as Covid-19 cases continue to rise, putting hospitals at risk of being overwhelmed amid the ongoing pandemic. According to reports, the spread of coronavirus in London has been assessed as "out of control", with the infection rate exceeding 1,000 per 100,000 people. London mayor Sadiq Khan stated that there are currently more than 7,000 coronavirus patients being treated in London hospitals. Previous declarations of major incidents include the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire and the terror attacks on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge.

UK imposes new guidelines on international arrivals

New guidelines for international travel have been imposed for those arriving in the UK. The government has published on Friday new international travel guidance as the country attempts to control the spread of the coronavirus. Among the new measures imposed include the presentation of a negative PCR test taking up to 72 hours before departure; the completion of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF); and self-isolation for 10 days upon arrival - except for countries included on the UK travel corridor list. People could be released earlier if taking a test. For further information, people are advised to follow guidelines published by the UK government.

UK grants emergency approval to Moderna vaccine

The UK government has granted emergency approval to the coronavirus vaccine developed by the US-based Moderna. The government has already secured the purchase of seven million doses, while the total number of the order could reach 17m. Moderna is the third coronavirus vaccine to be approved in the UK after the Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca/University of Oxford vaccines.

UK-France border to remain closed

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has released a statement confirming that the country's border with the UK will remain closed. According to reports from France24, Castex stated that the border closure is expected to remain in effect "until further notice", warning that the Covid-19 situation in France has become increasingly fragile in recent weeks. So far, France has confirmed at least two clusters of the highly transmissible UK coronavirus variant. The UK-France border was closed on 20 December after the new strain emerged in the UK.

UK continues to report increases in coronavirus deaths

The UK continues to report daily increases in coronavirus deaths after more than 1,160 new fatalities were confirmed on Thursday. For several days, the UK has reported more than 1,000 deaths per day. Thursday's death toll is the highest to be reported since 21 April. However, the number of new daily cases has dropped by almost 10,000 from the previous day.

Anti-lockdown protesters detained in London

The police have confirmed that officers in central London have made a number of arrests amid anti-lockdown protests yesterday. The arrests were made near Parliament Square, where at least 21 protesters were detained for violating lockdown measures after demonstrations kicked off shortly after midday on Wednesday. The protest came as England entered into its third national lockdown since the Covid-19 pandemic begun.

Record-breaking daily increase in coronavirus cases reported in the UK

More than 62,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in the UK in the last 24 hours. This is the highest daily increase in cases since the pandemic hit the country in March and broke the previous record of nearly 61,000 cases reported on Tuesday. During the last 24 hours, more than 1,000 people died of coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 77,000.

Additional restrictions on arrivals could be implemented in the UK

Additional restrictions could be implemented on visitors arriving from outside the UK. Reports indicate that travellers will have to present a negative coronavirus test taken up to 72 hours before departure to the UK. The Department for Transport said: "Additional measures, including testing before departure, will help keep the importation of new cases to an absolute minimum". It is still unclear when the new restrictions will be implemented. Several countries in the world and Europe have already banned flights to and from the UK due to a new variant of the coronavirus.

Record high daily increase in coronavirus cases recorded

More than 60,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the UK as England enters its first day of a new national lockdown. Official data shows that this is the highest number of daily cases to be confirmed since the pandemic hit the country nearly a year ago. In the last 24 hours, 830 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures on Monday after a drastic increase in cases linked to a new coronavirus variant (H69/V70).

Gibraltar to become part of Schengen free movement zone

Gibraltar will become part of the Schengen free-movement area after an agreement was reached just before the Brexit transition deadline last week. It is estimated that 14,000 Spanish nationals currently work in the British overseas territory located south of Spain. Most of them are from the local city of La Linea de la Concepcion, considered one of the most neglected areas in Spain with high unemployment rates - 35 percent. Further details on the agreement are still to be announced. 

England coronavirus lockdown could last until March

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has said that current coronavirus restrictions in England could remain in place until March. He told Sky News: “We can’t predict with certainty that we’ll be able to lift restrictions the week commencing the 15 to 22 [February], what we will be doing is everything we can to make sure that as many people as possible are vaccinated so that we can begin progressively to lift restrictions". He added: “I think it’s right to say that, as we enter March, we should be able to lift some of these restrictions – but not necessarily all.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown after a surge in cases linked to a new coronavirus variant.

PM announces new lockdown amid surge in coronavirus cases

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new lockdown in England following a surge in coronavirus cases. All schools and colleges will be forced to close until the middle of February. The government took the decision after UK chief medical officers warned of a "material risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed" in several areas over the next 21 days. The Scottish government had already issued a stay-at-home order, while schools will also shut in Wales. Northern Ireland is expected to announce similar measures soon.

Total coronavirus lockdown to be imposed in Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a new total lockdown in Scotland. From midnight on Tuesday, a nationwide lockdown will be imposed in Scotland to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Restrictions will remain in place until at least February, with most schools closing. Movement restrictions will also be imposed with people only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to two people and travel outside of Scotland will be restricted. Sturgeon said that the decision comes due to the spread of a new variant of the coronavirus in Scotland - nearly half of all new cases in Scotland are linked to the new variant.

Judge blocks extradition of Wikileaks' Julian Assange

A judge has blocked the extradition of Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange to the US. Assange was arrested last year after spending several years exiled at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He is the founder of the Wikileaks, which exposed and published thousands of classified documents. Assange could face up to 175 years in prison if convicted on 18 counts of conspiracy. US authorities said that they will appeal the UK court's decision. The judge claimed that the extradition denial comes due to mental health issues. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said: "The overall impression is of a depressed and sometimes despairing man fearful for his future."

Teenage boy killed in Reading stabbing

A teenage boy has reportedly been killed in a stabbing incident in Reading. The incident apparently occurred on Sunday afternoon at around 15:40 local time in Bugs Bottom field near Gravel Hill in the Emmer Green area. The victim has been identified as a 13-year-old male, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Five teenagers aged 13-14 have been detained by police on suspicion of murder, including four boys and one girl. Police have issued an appeal for witnesses as they continue to investigate the incident. The motive behind the incident are still unclear. A briefing paper published by the House of Commons in October showed that 46,000 knife offences were reported in England and Wales between 2019 and 2020.

Man stabbed to death in Milton Keynes

An 18-year-old man has been stabbed to death in Milton Keynes. The victim was found during the early hours of New Year's Day with critical injuries at a residential property in the Walshs Manor area of Stantonbury, in the northern outskirts of Milton Keynes town. According to reports from the BBC, a 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. A 49-year-old man who also sustained serious injuries from the same incident remains in hospital in a stable conditions. The police are continuing to investigate the incident, but have said it's believed the victim and the offender were known to each other.

MPs vote to approve post-Brexit deal with EU

MPs have voted overwhelmingly in support of the post-Brexit trade deal with the UK. The bill was supported by 521 lawmakers with 73 votes against on Wednesday. Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer backed the bill to "avoid a no deal" but criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson for not being honest about how much impact the new agreement would have for British businesses. Earlier this week ambassadors from the 27 EU member states unanimously approved the EU-UK post-Brexit trade deal.

UK grants emergency approval to AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine

The UK has approved the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford as the country faces a record daily increase in coronavirus cases. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted recommendations from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to grant emergency use of the vaccine in the UK. The UK becomes the first country to approve the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine. The government has already secured 100m doses of the vaccine, although there is still some debate over its effectiveness. Trials showed two doses provided 62 percent effectiveness, although this increased to 90 percent when people were given a half dose followed by a second full dose.

Health secretary plans to extend tier four curbs

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that tier four restrictions are expected to be extended in southern England. He acknowledged that further action is needed as the UK has recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the pandemic hit the country. On Tuesday, 53,000 cases were confirmed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also expected to address the nation to lay out additional curbs. UK media has reported that the government is considering the implementation of tier five, which will lead to additional restrictions on schools.

UK and EU agree post-Brexit trade deal

The UK government has reached a post-Brexit trade deal following protracted talks with the EU. On Christmas Day EU ambassadors received a briefing on the agreement from chief negotiator Michel Barnier. In the UK, MPs will vote on the 1,246-page deal in parliament on 30 December. The opposition Labour party has criticised the "thin agreement" but said they will support it as it is better than no deal. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the agreement was "a deal to give certainty to business, travellers, and all investors in our country from January 1. A deal with our friends and partners in the EU."

Second new coronavirus variant identified in the UK

A second new variant of the coronavirus has been identified in the UK after two cases were confirmed. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that the virus was confirmed from two people who had travelled from South Africa. He added: "This virus is yet more transmissible and appears to have mutated further than the new virus". Hancock previously stated that "this new variant is highly concerning because it is yet more transmissible and it appears to have mutated further than the new variant that has been discovered in the UK." He also said that people who have recently been to South Africa or had contact with anyone who had should self-isolate. 

Further regions in the UK set for tier four restrictions

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that tier four restrictions will be expanded to other regions in southern England. From 26 December, the regions of Sussex, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Hampshire will be upgraded to tier four - in Hampshire the area of the New Forest will be upgraded to tier three. Some areas previously in tier three in Essex and Waverly will also move to tier four, while most areas in southern England previously in tier two will move up one tier. The decision comes as the number of cases in the UK has skyrocketed in recent weeks with hospital admissions reaching the highest levels since mid-April.

Ministers consider plans to extend tier four curbs across England

Government ministers will convene on Wednesday to consider an extension of tier four restrictions to other regions in England. Cabinet Minister Robert Jenrick told the BBC that the new and more infectious variant of the virus could be present beyond the south-east of England and London. He said that it "is spreading to other parts of the country, so we will see whether it's necessary to do more and make sure that the tiered system is sufficiently robust for the new circumstances." The UK has reported record-high daily increases in coronavirus cases in recent days. Several countries have already banned flights to and from the UK, while travel disruption remains with France.

France agrees to allow traffic from UK

France has agreed to allow traffic from the UK to resume from Wednesday. The two nations reached an agreement that will see EU nationals and trucks transporting goods allowed to enter France if they have a recent negative test for the virus. The UK authorities said NHS Test and Trace staff will be deployed along with the military to Kent to conduct a major testing operation. Almost 3,000 trucks have been stuck near Dover since France closed the border in response to concerns over a new coronavirus variant that is prevalent in south-east England.

UK reports highest daily increase in coronavirus cases

The UK has reported its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the pandemic hit the country in March. Publish Health England (PHE) has confirmed that 36,804 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. During the same period, the death toll has increased by 691. The UK has so far reported more than 2.1m cases and more than 68,000 coronavirus deaths. The UK is currently facing increasing concerns after a new and more infectious variation of the virus was identified in London and the south-east of England, prompting the government to introduce new tier 4 restrictions.

Gibraltar bans UK flights due to coronavirus fears

Gibraltar has banned all flights to and from the UK after a new variant of the coronavirus was discovered in England. Gibraltar is an autonomous British territory located south of Spain. Travellers to Gibraltar will only be allowed entry under special circumstances. Most countries of the EU have already banned flights to and from the UK. Gibraltar has reported nearly 1,300 cases of the virus.

Coronavirus outbreak reported at DVLA offices in Swansea

A coronavirus outbreak has been confirmed at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) offices in Swansea. Since early-December, more than 60 cases were confirmed amongst DVLA workers - in total, more than 350 DVLA workers have contracted the virus. Officials said that they are working in conjunction with Public Health Wales to test and isolate those affected.

Hundreds of lorries stuck in Kent after border closure

Hundreds of lorries are stuck in Kent after the French government decided to shut its border with the UK. The decision came after a new variation of the coronavirus was discovered in southern England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron are expected to reach an agreement on Tuesday to resume transit across the channel. People are still advised to avoid the M20 in Kent and areas around the port of Dover due to extreme travel disruption.

Several countries in the Americas ban UK flights

Several countries in the Americas have banned UK flights. The decision follows measures imposed across the world after a new variation of the virus was discovered in southern England. Among the countries that already imposed restrictions are Canada, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Peru. In some instances, only direct flights are banned. People departing from UK airports are advised to monitor changes of entry requirements in their destination. Information is usually available on the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), embassies in the UK or airlines.

Tier four coronavirus restrictions imposed in Wales

Tier four restrictions have been imposed in Wales in a last-minute move to curb the spread of the coronavirus. First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced the decision following a significant hike in coronavirus cases in Wales. His decision came after a meeting with his counterparts in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England on the new strain of the coronavirus identified in the UK. Lockdown measures in Wales could last for at least three weeks and could be extended. Drakeford said: "I can't offer you a prediction of how long this will last. It will last for three weeks in the first instance".

Boris Johnson to host emergency meeting after French border closure

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair an emergency meeting after France closed its borders with the UK. For the next 48 hours, freight crossings have been halted in Dover as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The COBRA meeting is being held to discuss fears over food shortages during the Christmas holidays despite claims that supermarkets are prepared. Flights to several countries were also banned. People have been advised to avoid heading to the area around the port of Dover due to severe travel disruption along sections of the M20.

European states suspend travel to UK

Several European countries have suspended travel to the UK in response to the new strain of coronavirus circulating in the country. Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Austria, Bulgaria and Belgium have stopped all flights to the UK, while freight traffic has been suspended between France and the UK port of Dover. On Sunday morning the UK government imposed enhanced tier four restrictions in London and south-east England due to the new variant of Covid-19

Time running out for post-Brexit trade deal

The EU's chief negotiator in post-Brexit trade deal talks with the UK, Michel Barnier, has said negotiations have "just a few hours left" for a deal to be agreed. Barnier acknowledged there was still a change for a deal, but that the "path is very narrow". UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently suggested a no deal scenario had become increasingly likely unless the EU position changed significantly. One of the main sticking points includes talks on fishing rights. If a deal isn't reached by 31 December, trade will be based on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules - which could see a hike in charges on import and export goods, resulting in subsequent rise in prices. 

Toughest Covid rules extended in south England

The toughest tier of Covid-19 rules is to be extended to apply to more of the south of England. From Saturday, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hertfordshire will be subject to tier three rules, as will parts of Surrey, East Sussex, Cambridgeshire and Hampshire. The change comes into effect from 00:01 on Saturday and will mean that 68 percent of England's population - approximately 38 million people - will be under tier 3 restrictions from the weekend.

Coronavirus outbreak reported on ferry in Birkenhead

A coronavirus outbreak has been confirmed on board a ferry in Birkenhead. BBC reported that hundreds of passengers taking the route towards Belfast were stranded after six crew members tested positive for coronavirus. The outbreak was reported on the Stena Line ferry. 

Coronavirus quarantine for international arrivals reduced to 10 days

The mandatory coronavirus quarantine for those arriving from countries outside the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) exemption list has been reduced to 10 days. The measure was implemented on Monday. Previously, those that tested positive for coronavirus or arrived in the UK from countries outside the FCDO's travel corridor were required to quarantine for 14 days. A full list of countries included on the FCDO's travel corridor is available on the UK government's website.

London to move to tier three coronavirus restrictions

Rising Covid-19 cases in London have prompted a tightening of local restrictions. The capital city will move to tier three measures - England's highest level of coronavirus restrictions - from 00:01 local time on Wednesday 16 December. The move from tier two to tier three comes after a sharp rise in virus cases was recorded. Last weekend saw crowded shopping streets in London ahead the Christmas holiday period. Parts of Essex and Hertfordshire are also reported to be entering tier three. Kent, Medway and Slough are already under tier three rules. 

Covid isolation period shortened

The isolation period for Covid-19 in the UK has been shortened from 14 to 10 days. The change will apply to contacts of confirmed coronavirus cases who are required to self-isolate, as well as those returning from high-risk countries. Anyone currently in isolation who has been quarantine for 10 days or more will be allowed to end their self-isolation from Monday. The announcement comes as the latest data shows Covid-19 cases falling across most of England and Northern Ireland. However, figures from the last week indicated a rise in coronavirus cases in London and the east of England, prompting mass testing to be rolled out for secondary schools in the worst-affected areas of London, Kent, and Essex.

Five injured after car mounts pavement in Hackney

At least five people have been injured after a car mounted the pavement in Hackney, north-east London. The incident occurred on Friday in Stamford Hill, where a car mounted the pavement and hit pedestrians. Four of the five casualties have been taken to a major trauma centre, while the fifth has been taken to hospital. The police have responded to the scene with preliminary reports suggesting the incident isn't being treated as terror-related. The Met Police have confirmed that no arrests have been thus far. The driver is believed to be among those injured. The A10 has been closed in both directions between Clapton Common and Cazenove Road following the incident.

Scotland lifts travel restrictions to Ireland

Scotland has confirmed that travel restrictions to the Republic of Ireland will be lifted from Friday evening. The relaxation on travel restrictions come after a reduction in Covid-19 cases being reported across most of the country. Irish quarantine restrictions will still apply to anyone arriving in Ireland from Scotland. Meanwhile, non-essential travel between Scotland and Jersey will be banned following an increase in coronavirus cases there. Travel restrictions also remain in place between Scotland and England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The changes to travel restrictions for Ireland and Jersey will take effect from 18:00 local time on Friday 11 December.

Yellow weather warning issued for Scotland

A yellow weather warning has been issued for parts of central Scotland. The Met Office has issued a yellow rain alert from 03:00 local time on Friday 11 December until 12:00 Saturday 12 December for the Aberdeen, Dundee, and Perth areas. Heavy rainfall is expected to heighten the risk of flash floods and will likely have an impact on travel, causing potentially significant disruption throughout the area.

Mass Covid-19 vaccination programme launched

A mass vaccination programme for Covid-19 has been launched by the NHS in the UK. The first round of doses have been made available to those over the age of 80. The first dose was administered at a hospital in Coventry on Tuesday morning. Care home workers and frontline workers, as well as social care staff are also among the first groups to be prioritised vaccination.

UK-EU Brexit trade deal talks resume

Negotiations have resumed between the UK and the EU in a final push for a Brexit trade deal. The talks are being held as part of a continued effort to reach a post-Brexit deal; however, disputes over fishing and business rules remain. If no deal is agreed and ratified by 31 December, the UK and EU could introduce import charges on each other's goods. Despite the approaching deadline, the UK government has insisted a deal can still be reached, while also adding that the UK would still prosper if no deal is agreed.

Arrests made for protest violations in London

At least 13 arrests have been made after protesters violating Covid-19 tier regulations in London. The demonstration took place on Sunday in central London, where participants gathered in solidarity with ongoing protests by Indian farmers over new agricultural laws brought in by the Indian government. Thousands are estimated to have taken part in the protest on Sunday, which saw attendees congregate outside the Indian High Commission in the Aldwych area near Strand, as well as in the Trafalgar Square area. The demonstration reportedly caused temporary traffic disruption.

Anti-lockdown protests held in Manchester

Hundreds of people have attended anti-lockdown demonstrations which were recently held in Manchester. The demonstrations reportedly saw attendees congregate in the Piccadilly Gardens area on Sunday before marching down Market Street. The protest remained peaceful.

Widespread disruption as thundersnow hits Scotland

Widespread disruption has been reported across parts of Scotland after wintry weather hit many areas, bringing a phenomenon known as "thundersnow". According to reports, thundersnow was reported over Edinburgh overnight, prompting the police issue reassurances to members of the public after loud explosion were hears in the city during the early hours of Friday morning. Snowfall has also caused disruption across many areas, including temporarily closing the Queensferry Crossing.

Major explosion reported in industrial area near Bristol

A major explosion has been reported in an industrial area near Bristol. BBC reported that the emergency services rushed to Avonmouth after a major blast rocked a warehouse on Kings Weston Lane. The case has been considered a serious incident as some casualties are likely. Avon Fire &  Rescue Service said on social media that multiple police and fire units are responding to the incident. It said on Thursday afternoon that the incident was ongoing. People are advised to avoid the area.

Over 600 new Covid-19 deaths reported

More than 600 new fatal cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the UK over the last 24 hours. The latest daily increase of 603 new coronavirus deaths takes the country's total death toll to over 59,000. An additional 13,430 new cases of infection have also been diagnosed, bringing the overall caseload to more than 1.64 million.

UK approves covid vaccine for use

The UK has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. The vaccine offers up to 95 percent protection against Covid-19 and will be safe for rollout next week, with the possibility for immunisations to start within the next few days for top-priority candidates, such as the elderly in care homes. The UK has already ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine - enough to vaccinate 20 million people. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said "I'm confident now with the news today that from spring, from Easter onwards, things are going to be better and we're going to have a summer next year that everybody can enjoy". People have been advised that, although vaccinations can start, they should still remain vigilant and follow public health guidelines to prevent spreading the virus.

UK reaches migration deal with France

The UK has reached an agreement with France to curb the high-influx of migrants crossing the English Channel. Home Secretary Priti Patel met with her French counterpart, Gerald Darmanin, to sign a deal to address the situation. Secretary Patel said: "Thanks to more police patrols on French beaches and enhanced intelligence sharing between our security and law enforcement agencies, we are already seeing fewer migrants leaving French beaches." Migrant crossings on the English Channel have surged this year. So far, more than 8,000 people have reached the UK.

North Korean hackers accused of targeting AstraZeneca

North Korean hackers have been accused of targeting British-Swedish pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, in a recent attempt to break into the company's online systems. AstraZeneca has been leading research into developing a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK. It's claimed that suspected North Korean hackers launched a cyberattack against the company in recent weeks as it prepares to undergo a new global trial. Reuters has reported that the hackers allegedly posed as recruiters on networking site LinkedIn, approaching AztraZeneca staff to make fake job offers. At which point, documents would be disseminated which appeared to be job descriptions but which actually contained malicious code. The unsuccessful hacking attempt was apparently assessed to be part of a broader ongoing hacking campaign attributed to North Korea. Cyberattacks targeting research labs and pharmaceutical companies have been increasing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Boris Johnson nominates new chief of staff

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has named Dan Rosenfield as his new chief of staff. Rosenfield is replacing Edward Lister, who is in the role in an interim capacity. Rosenfield worked for a London-based consultancy firm and previously served during George Osborne's and Alistair Darling's tenure in the Treasury. Rosenfield's nomination comes as two senior advisers, Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain, announced their departure amid political grievances within the PM's office.

Government announces guidelines for coronavirus tier system

The government has announced the full list of restrictions to be imposed once the lockdown in England ends. With the introduction of a three-tiered system from 2 December, tougher measures will be imposed when compared with the pre-lockdown period. Currently, the only areas in England to be placed under Tier 1 (Medium) are Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly. Most areas in the south are under Tier 2 (High) - with the exception of Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Kent and Medway and Slough - while most Tier 3 (very high) areas are in the Midlands and northern regions. With the tiered system, new rules on social gatherings, events, sporting venues and others will be implemented. A full list is available on the government's website.

Foreign Office minister resigns after cut to foreign aid budget

Foreign Office Minister Baroness Elizabeth Sugg announced her resignation after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced cuts to the overseas aid budget. Lady Sugg's resignation highlighted political tensions among the Conservative party as the government prepares to impose significant cuts on public spending. Overseas aid will be reduced from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent of the UK GDP. The chancellor claimed that the decision was taken as the government cannot justify this additional expenditure. Sunak has also announced record borrowing of nearly £400bn - the highest sum during peacetime - to address the economic distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

EC president highlights possibility of no post-Brexit deal

European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen has said that progress has been made in the post-Brexit negotiations with the UK but highlighted that there is a risk of an agreement not being reached by the end of the year. Both the EU and the UK are negotiating commercial deals and other guidelines after the transitional period. Von der Leyen said that the next few days will be key for the negotiations. She added that the EU is prepared for a no-deal scenario. EU officials are still sceptical over the current deadline - 31 December 2020 - to reach an agreement.

Over 600 new Covid-19 deaths recorded

The UK's death toll for Covid-19 has increased by more than 600 over the last 24 hours. The latest daily increase of 608 newly-registered virus-related fatalities - the highest single-day jump in deaths reported since early May - has taken the country's total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths to almost 56,000. An additional 11,299 new cases of infection have also been reported, bringing the national caseload close to 1.54 million.

Passengers returning to the UK could have quarantine period reduced

Visitors returning from high-risk countries could have their quarantine period reduced after testing negative for coronavirus. People arriving from countries not included in the travel-safe list of the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) will need to take the test to have their quarantine reduced from 14 to five days. The test would cost around $130 and the results could take up to 48 hours to be released. Initially, the measure will only be imposed in England. For further information on the 'test to release' strategy is available on the government's website.

Boris Johnson lays out post-lockdown measures and Winter Plan

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has laid out the so-called 'COVID-19 Winter Plan' as the government prepares to relax coronavirus restrictions across England. The PM said in the House of Commons that despite the lockdown being lifted, an enhanced version of the three-tier system will be imposed in England. With the new measures, outdoor sports will be allowed while non-essential shops, gyms and leisure centres can reopen. Despite people now being allowed to meet others outside their household, the prime minister urged caution. The government's full version of the COVID-19 Winter Plan is available on the government's website.

Cyber attack hits Manchester football club

A "sophisticated" cyber attack has reportedly hit a prominent football club based in Manchester, England. According to reports, Manchester United has reported that its systems came under attack over the weekend. A statement released by the club said "the club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is working with expert advisers to investigate the incident". According to reports, when the cyber attack was detected, affected systems were shut down to contain the damage and protect data. Forensic tracing is being carried out to determine further details about the attack. As investigations into the attack continue, there has been no evidence to suggest that the personal data of the club's fans has been compromised.

PM's adviser quits after findings on home secretary's bullying inquiry

An adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his resignation as part of a bullying inquiry. Sir Alex Allan accused Home Secretary Priti Patel of breaking the Ministerial Code. Allan resigned after Boris Johnson refused to acknowledge the findings that were initially requested to be investigated by the prime minister himself. Allan said: "I recognise that it is for the prime minister to make a judgement on whether actions by a minister amount to a breach of the ministerial code." The investigations kicked off in March after the resignation of Sir Philip Rutnam from the Home Office. At the time, Sir Rutnam accused Secretary Patel of creating fear amongst staff.

PM announces increase in military spending budget

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a significant increase in military spending for the next four years. The government is set to allocate an additional £16.5bn to the military and expect to create up to 40,000 new jobs with investments in cyber-defence and space projects. Boris Johnson said in a statement: "I have taken this decision in the teeth of the pandemic because the defence of the realm must come first. The international situation is more perilous and more intensely competitive than at any time since the Cold War and Britain must be true to our history and stand alongside our allies. To achieve this, we need to upgrade our capabilities across the board."

Enhanced coronavirus restrictions imposed in parts of Scotland

Enhanced coronavirus restrictions have been imposed across nearly a dozen council areas in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the new measures, which will remain in place until 11 December. The areas affected include East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire, East and South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian. All those areas have been placed until level four alert, the highest on the government scale. Movement restrictions between high-level areas are also set to be implemented from Friday. Further information on level-four restrictions in available on the Scottish Government website.

Dominic Cummings set to step down by the end of 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aide Dominic Cummings is set to step down in December. Cummings has already stated on his personal blog that he was already planning to leave the government by the end of the year, while sources told the BBC that he may depart by Christmas. News about Cummings' plans to step down comes after another Downing Street aide, Lee Cain, resigned. Both Cain and Cummings were close political allies who worked on the Leave campaign.

UK reports highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since March

The UK has reported its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the pandemic hit the country in March. A further 33,470 cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours, with nearly 600 deaths reported. Latest data has shown that, as of early-November, the infection rate has increased between two and four percent. So far, over 1.2m coronavirus cases were confirmed in the UK.

Senior government adviser to leave Downing Street

A senior government adviser has announced their intention to leave Downing Street. Director of Communications Lee Cain resigned on Wednesday amid reports of internal tensions in Downing Street, despite being offered the new role of No 10 chief of staff. Cain has worked closely with PM Boris Johnson for several years and was seen as one of his closest aides. His departure has sparked speculation over the future of Cain's close colleague, Dominic Cummings - the PM's chief adviser.

Coronavirus deaths in the UK hit 50,000

Coronavirus deaths in the UK have surpassed 50,000, the highest overall number in Europe. According to official data, nearly 600 deaths were confirmed in the last 24 hours, while the number of cases has neared 1.2m. The government has also confirmed that 180,000 people have been hospitalised. Most deaths in the UK - nearly 90 percent - are people aged 65 or over, with the number of cases significantly increasing amongst the younger population. The UK has the world's fifth-highest coronavirus death toll. The country is currently under lockdown until early-December.

Guinness recalls alcohol-free product due to contamination fears

Guinness has recalled cans of its recent non-alcoholic product due to fears of contamination. Two weeks ago, Guinness has launched Guinness 0.0. BBC reported that the recall will only affect consumers in Great Britain. In a statement, the company confirmed: "We wanted to let you know that as a precautionary measure, we are recalling Guinness 0.0 in Great Britain because of a microbiological contamination which may make some cans of Guinness 0.0 unsafe to consume." 

Extinction Rebellion protest held in London

An Extinction Rebellion protest has been held in central London today. The demonstration was staged at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, just hours before the annual ceremony for Remembrance Day was held at 11:00 local time. Protesters reportedly placed a banner reading "honour their sacrifice, climate change means war" in front of the war memorial, along with a wreath. Minimal disruption was reported as a result of the demonstration.

Freight train derails near Sheffield

A freight train has derailed north of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, causing significant disruption to train services. According to reports, the freight train derailed during the early hours of Wednesday morning, at around 03:00 local time. There have been no immediate reports of any casualties. The incident has cause major disruptions to train services through the area, with no trains operating in or out of Sheffield main station until further notice.

Belarus expels two British diplomats

Belarus has reportedly expelled two British diplomats. News of Minsk declaring the diplomats persona non grata emerged on Monday. According to Reuters, Belarus' foreign ministry said the decision was taken due to "destructive activity" of the diplomats in question - who have not yet been identified. The UK has since confirmed that two Belarusian diplomats have also been expelled from the UK in a retaliatory move.

New Covid restrictions in Wales

New coronavirus restrictions are being introduced in Wales as the nationwide firebreak lockdown ends there. The country's 17-day lockdown comes to a conclusion today as a new set of nationwide regulations come into force. As of Monday, people are now allowed to travel anywhere within Wales, and two households are allowed to form a bubble, while businesses can reopen. Under the new regulations, up to 15 people can meet indoors for organised activities, and up to 30 can meet outdoors. Schools are also reopening, while people are being encouraged to continue to work from home where possible.

Over 100 arrested in London anti-lockdown protest

The police have detained 104 people during an anti-lockdown protest in London. The arrests were made on Thursday 05 November, as a four-week nationwide lockdown came into effect across England. People reportedly gathered at Trafalgar Square at 18:00 local time to protest the restrictions, which are aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 amid the ongoing pandemic. Police also responded to a smaller gathering on Oxford Street an hour later.

Denmark removed from travel corridor list

As of 04:00 local time Friday 06 November, Denmark has been removed the UK's travel corridor list. The removal comes as Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Denmark, with particular outbreaks linked to mink farms. The measure means all travelling from Denmark to the UK will be required to self-isolate upon arrival, for 14 days.

Nearly 500 new coronavirus deaths confirmed in the UK

Nearly 500 new coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in the UK. Data from the government shows that 492 people died in the last 24 hours after testing positive for coronavirus. This is the highest daily death increase since mid-May. In total, 60,000 people have died of coronavirus in the UK. During the same period, more than 25,000 new cases were confirmed in the country. The UK is set to enter a four-week lockdown after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposal was backed by parliament. Meanwhile, the NHS in England has been placed on its highest alert level.

UK terror threat level raised to 'severe'

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced that the UK terror threat level has been increased from 'substantial' to 'severe'. Secretary Patel said that the decision is not based on any specific threat but urged people to remain vigilant. Guidelines under the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center (JTAC) shows that threat level 'severe' means that the possibility of an attack is 'highly likely'. The UK terror threat level is increased after terrorism incidents were reported in Austria and France.

England set to return to lockdown

UK Prime Minister Boris Minister has announced that England will return to lockdown. The measures will be imposed on Thursday and will remain in place until at least 2 December. Schools, colleges and universities will remain open, but all non-essential businesses will be forced to close. The PM said unless strong action was taken now, hospitals will run out of capacity within weeks. "Doctors and nurses would be forced to choose which patients to treat, who would get oxygen and who wouldn't, who would live and who would die," said Johnson on Saturday. A further 21,915 coronavirus cases were recorded on Saturday, while another 326 deaths were recorded.

Jeremy Corbyn suspended from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party following his reaction to a report on anti-Semitism. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer made the decision after the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published a report on the party's conduct. The Labour Party was accused of violating the Equality Act on three occasions, including in cases of harassment, failure to provide training to those handling anti-Semitism complaints, and political interference in anti-Semitism complaints. Corbyn has been accused of inappropriate involvement on 23 occasions. His suspension came after he made a statement claiming that the anti-Semitism issue in the party was "dramatically overstated" and claimed in an interview that the numbers of cases related to it were "exaggerated".

More areas to move into Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions in England

More areas in England are to enter Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions as case numbers continue to rise. The Department of Health and Social Care stated that the following areas will move into Tier 2 from 00:01 local time on Saturday 01 November: East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston-Upon-Hull, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, Dudley, Staffordshire, Telford, Wrekin, Amber Valley, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales, Derby City, South Derbyshire, the whole of High Peak, Charnwood, Luton, and Oxford City.

Three arrested in Buckinghamshire murder investigation

A murder investigation has been launched in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, after a man died following an incident on Wednesday evening. It's been reported by Thames Valley Police (TVP), that officers were called to Lembrook Walk near the Edinburgh Playing Fields at around 21:20 local time following reports that two men had been assaulted. A man in his twenties has died after being taken to hospital for serious injuries, while a second man in his twenties has also been taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Three men have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in police custody as investigations go forward. An increased police presence remains at the scene, while a public appeal has been made for any witnesses or relevant CCTV footage. The incident is an isolated event likely to have been motivated by a personal dispute and there is not thought to be a threat to the general public at this time.

Over 24,700 new cases of Covid-19 reported

More than 24,700 new cases of Covid-19 and 310 new virus-related deaths have been reported in the UK. The latest daily figures raise the national caseload to 942,275 and the country's death toll to almost 45,700 as of Wednesday 28 October. Yesterday's increase is the second-highest jump in daily figures recorded so far and the seven-day moving average indicates the country has yet to pass through the peak of the second wave. While the number of infections has far surpassed those of the first wave, the number of deaths recorded has yet to rise to previous levels. The much lower death rate has largely been attributed to more widespread testing, as it's suspected a vast majority of asymptomatic and mild cases went undiagnosed during the first wave.

Fatal stabbing reported in Crawley

A fatal stabbing incident has been reported in Crawley, West Sussex. According to reports, the incident occurred on Tuesday evening, at around 23:00 local time near Three Bridges station on Russell Way. The police were apparently called to respond to the scene and one person has been confirmed dead following the incident. A search has been launched for the suspect, who is believed to be known to the victim. The police are not looking for anyone else in connection to the murder.

Nottingham to go into Tier 3 lockdown

Nottingham and parts of Nottinghamshire are to go into Tier 3 lockdown measures as of Thursday 29 October. The top tier Covid-19 restrictions will come into effect from midnight and will last four at least four weeks. Those living in the city of Nottingham, as well as the Rushcliffe, Gedling, and Broxtowe areas, will face new measures. The decision to enforce the top tier of restrictions comes after the city consistently recorded one of the highest infection rates in the country. Pubs not serving substantial meals will have to close and the mixing of households will also be restricted, with the rule of six in effect in public outdoor areas.

Seven detained following tanker 'hijacking'

Seven stowaways have been detained following a suspected hijacking on a tanker from Lagos, Nigeria. The stowaways were believed to be Nigerians seeking UK asylum and were handed over to Hampshire Police by the military on Sunday evening following Special Boat Service (SBS) operation. The nine-minute SBS operation was conducted after nightfall and ended a 10-hour standoff, which started when the stowaways reportedly became violent as the Liberian-registered tanker approached the Solent near the Isle of Wight. Following the incident, the ship has now docked in Southampton and all 22 crew members are reported to be safe. The crew followed a Best Management Practice 5th edition maritime drill and withdrew to what's known as "the citadel" - a secure area of the ship where the crew lock themselves in and call for assistance.

Tier 3 lockdown measures brought in early for Warrington

Tier 3 lockdown measure are to be brought into effect early for Warrington, Cheshire. The move comes in response to increasingly high local infection rates, prompting local officials to raise the area's state of alert ahead of the original schedule in a bid to curb community transmission and reduce case numbers. Strengthened lockdown measures had been due to come into effect on Thursday 29 October, but will now come into effect as of midnight tonight. 

Police respond to incident on oil tanker, Isle of Wight

Police are dealing with an "ongoing incident" onboard an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight. The Liberian-registered Nave Andromeda was due to dock in Southampton but several stowaways were discovered before the vessel reached port. The Maritime Coastguard Agency said it was assisting Hampshire police and search and resuce helicopters have been deployed to the scene.

Eighteen arrested at anti-lockdown protest in London

Eighteen people have been arrested at a protest in central London against coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Hundreds of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace on Saturday before moving to Trafalgar Square. The Metropolitan Police said three officers suffered minor injuries during scuffles with protesters. "Organisers did not take reasonable steps to keep protesters safe which then voided their risk assessment. At this point, officers then took action to disperse crowds in the interests of public safety," said Met Commander Ade Adelekan.

Scotland to enter new five-level coronavirus restriction system

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scotland is to enter a new five-level system for coronavirus restrictions. The new system will come into effect from 02 November, coinciding with when temporary curbs on the hospitality trade will expire. The five tiers will range from "level zero" to "level four" and will be applied according to the rate of infection in local areas. The restrictions brought in at the top level, level four, will be similar to those of a full lockdown, but schools will remain open. Sturgeon stated that the new system had been designed with the intention of striking the best compromise between suppressing the virus and minimising harm to businesses and individuals.

China warns UK not to offer citizenship to Hong Kong

China has reportedly warned the UK not to offer citizenship to Hong Kong residents, and to "immediately correct its mistakes". The move comes after the British government reaffirmed its intention to offer a route to citizenship to almost three million Hong Kongers following the introduction of the controversial national security law there, which many claim violates the terms under which the territory was returned to China from British rule. The offer from the UK only applies to those born before the 1997 handover of the territory and won't protest many young pro-democracy protesters who were born after the handover and are the primary targets of the new law, which criminalises subversion, secession, and terrorism. 

Tier 2 lockdown measures announced for Slough

Lockdown measures are set to be tightened in Slough, as the area's Covid status is raised to 'high alert' - meaning Tier 2 lockdown measures are to be brought in. Slough Borough Council announced on Thursday that the area will enter Tier 2 of England's tiered response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with new restrictions set to come into effect from 00:00 local time on Saturday 24 October. The decision to escalate the community response comes as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the area. Restrictions to be brought in will include a ban on socialising with people from outside your household or support bubble in an indoor setting, and abiding by the rule of six outside as well as inside. People will still be allowed to travel for non-essential reasons but should aim to limit unnecessary journeys.

Record daily jump in coronavirus figures

A record daily jump in coronavirus figures has been reported in the UK. Yesterday's daily increase of 26,688 newly diagnosed Covid-19 cases is the biggest 24-hour jump recorded in the UK so far. Case numbers have consistently risen at an increasing rate over the last few weeks as the UK tackles its second wave of coronavirus. Overall, almost 790,000 cases of infection have been confirmed. An additional 191 new virus-related deaths have also been registered, bringing the country's death toll to over 44,150.

Covid-19 restrictions extended in Central Scotland

Covid-19 restrictions are to be extended in Central Scotland until Monday 02 November. The measures mean pubs and restaurants will have to stay closed, while a 18:00 local time curfew on indoor hospitality venues will also remain in place. The decision to extend the rules comes as Covid-19 cases continue to rise across parts of Scotland.

Covid-19 death toll rises by 241

The UK-wide coronavirus death toll has increased by 241 over the last 24 hours, taking the national total to almost 44,000 confirmed virus-related fatalities. The daily increase to the death toll is the highest recorded since early June, when the country was coming out of the first wave of cases. An additional 21,331 new cases of infection have also been diagnosed - the biggest daily jump in cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic - bringing the country's caseload to over 762,500. While the country's second wave has seen far more cases diagnosed than during the first, death rates have been much lower in comparison. This is largely down to more widespread testing uncovering more cases, with the presumption being that the vast majority of mild and asymptomatic cases were never diagnosed during the first wave. The UK currently has the world's 11th highest total number of cases, and the world's fifth highest death toll.

South Yorkshire to move into tier 3 lockdown

South Yorkshire is to move into tier 3 lockdown measures - the country's toughest set of Covid rules. The new measures will apply from Saturday, with the decision to enforce the rules reached following "extensive discussions" with government ministers. The new restrictions will be in effect across all four local authority areas in South Yorkshire - Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield. Under tier 3, pubs and bars not serving substantial meals have to close and restrictions on different households mixing are also brought in..

Greater Manchester given deadline to agree Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions

Greater Manchester has been given until midday on Tuesday 20 October to reach an agreement with the government over Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions. If a deal isn't agreed by then, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will decide on the next steps, which will likely involve Tier 3 measures being imposed. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy burnham said the region was seeking a "fair figure" of support from the government. Talks over tighter rules in the region have been going on for 10 days now. The Tier 3 "very high" alert level would mean closing bars and pubs not serving food, as well as additional restrictions on households mixing. Burnham said of Greater Manchester's position: "I think it is fair to recognise that if you put a place under restrictions for as long as we've been under restrictions it grinds people down. It pushes businesses closer to the brink."

Hospitality industry protest coronavirus restrictions in London

A protest against coronavirus restrictions is being led by workers in the hospitality industry in London. According to reports, demonstrators have gathered in Parliament Square to protest against restrictions, which they claim will lead to thousands of job losses. Stricter Tier 2 lockdown measures were introduced for parts of London last week, following a rise in Covid-19 cases, leading to harsher rules for restaurants, pubs, cafes, and bars.

Circuit-breaker lockdown introduced in Wales

A circuit-breaker lockdown is set to be introduced in Wales. The national lockdown will come into effect from Friday 23 October and will remain in place until Monday 09 November. People will be told to stay at home, while pubs, restaurants, and non-essential shops will have to close. Primary schools will reopen after the half term break, while only Years Seven and Eight will return in secondary schools. Gatherings indoors and outdoors with people from different households will also be banned.

British Airways slapped with 20-million-pound fine over 2018 breach

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has slapped British Airways with a massive 20-million-pound fine over the 2018 cyber-attack that affected 400,000 customers. The ICO said: "Their failure to act was unacceptable and affected hundreds of thousands of people, which may have caused some anxiety and distress as a result." Last year, the ICO had proposed a fine of £183m. The drastic reduction comes as the company faces financial distress amid the coronavirus pandemic and has also implemented enhanced security measures to prevent future breaches.

Lancashire agree Tier 3 lockdown measures

Tier 3 lockdown measures are to be introduced in Lancashire following a spike in Covid-19 cases. Tier 3 is the highest level of England Covid restrictions and the "very high" alert level mean bars and pubs will be closed and people will, for the most part, be banned from mixing with other households. The news comes after London, Essex, York, and parts of Surrey, Derbyshire, and Cumbria were moved up to Tier 2 and will face tougher measures from Saturday. Meanwhile, talks between officials to put Greater Manchester into Tier 3 have stalled.

Tougher coronavirus restrictions to be imposed in London

Tougher ovid-19 restrictions are to be imposed in London from Saturday. Tier 2 lockdown measure will be enforced in the capital city from midnight on Saturday 17 October in a bid to control the rising rate of infection there. The recent surge in cases comes as 11 London boroughs surpass the safety threshold for infection levels. Essex is also expected to move to high alert restrictions this weekend. Under Tier 2, households are banned from mixing indoors, including in each others' homes, pubs, and restaurants. People should also aim to avoid using public transport. Elsewhere in England, Greater Manchester is set to move into the highest level of Covid restrictions.

Nearly 20,000 new coronavirus cases confirmed in the UK

Nearly 20,000 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the UK. The latest report released on Wednesday afternoon also showed that a further 137 people have died after testing positive. Since September, the UK has reported a drastic increase in coronavirus cases. In total, 654,000 cases were confirmed, with the number of deaths surpassing 43,000. A new three-tier system has come into force in England. Different restrictions will be imposed on medium, high and very high risk areas. Currently, the highest alerts have been issued in north and north-eastern England.

Wales to ban travel from UK Covid hotspots

Wales has announced plans to ban travel into the country from coronavirus hotspots in the UK. The new measure means that people from parts of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland with high rates of Covid-19 will be banned from travelling to Wales from 18:00 local time on Friday 16 October. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford stated the move was necessary to prevent the further spread of the virus within Wales. The move reportedly follows a row with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over calls from Scotland and Wales for travel to be restricted in and out of areas with high levels of transmission in England - something which the UK government has been reluctant to enforce, instead asking people in hard hit areas to avoid non-essential travel. 

Four killed in road accident near Oxford

Four people have been killed in a traffic accident near Oxford. Thames Valley Police (TVP) confirmed that the accident happened on Monday evening on the A40. All victims are members of the same family. According to reports, three children are among the fatalities, while a 30-year-old man and a baby were rushed to the hospital in a critical condition. The accident involved a car and an HGV. TVP's spokesman said: “Our officers remain at the scene and the A40 will remain closed in both directions for a considerable period of time while this investigation continues.”

Liverpool 'very high' in new Covid alert system

Liverpool has been put on 'very high' alert as of Wednesday, as part of the government's new Covid alert system. The news comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers details of the UK's new three-tier lockdown system in parliament. The three tiers have been identified as 'medium', 'high', and 'very high'. The 'very high' state of alert means social mixing indoors is to be prohibited and all bars and pubs must close in Liverpool. For areas categorised as 'medium', the rule of six and a curfew will apply. In areas deemed 'high' risk, all social mixing between households indoors should be prevented, with the rule of six applying outdoors.

More than 17,500 coronavirus cases confirmed in the UK

More than 17,500 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the UK. Official data shows that the total number of cases has reached 561,000. Although the number of cases is high when compared with the first wave of infections, the number of tests in the UK have significantly increased since July. The government is expected to introduce further restrictions in high-risk areas across the UK. Last week, a so-called 'three-tier' approach was being considered for England, where local restrictions would be imposed based on the rate of cases.

Further coronavirus restrictions to be introduced

Further coronavirus restrictions are set to be introduced in parts of England next week. Among possible measures include a closure of all pubs and restaurants in the worst-affected areas, and a ban on overnight stays away from home. A three-tier system for local lockdowns is also expected to be brought in, which will enable local authorities to alter the level of localised restrictions according to the rate of infection. Further details and a formal announcement are likely to be delivered on Monday.

UK joins France and Germany on sanctions against Russia

The UK has joined France and Germany in threatening to impose sanctions on Russia over the recent poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Following a statement made by the UK's foreign secretary, the UK has affirmed its position that Navalny was poisoned with a military grade nerve agent developed by Russia and that it stands "side by side" with France and Germany on the matter. France and Germany have both accused Russia of "involvement and responsibility" for the poisoning and announced they would seek to impose EU sanctions on those responsible.

Seventy new Covid-19 deaths reported

Seventy new Covid-19 deaths have been recorded across the UK in the last 24 hours. The latest daily increase takes the national death toll up to 42,515. An additional 14,162 new cases of infection have also been reported, bringing the country's caseload to over 544,000. The latest figures come as Scotland confirms new restrictions on pubs and restaurants in some areas as cases continue to rise there. The 16-day closure will apply from Friday 09 October, for pubs and restaurants in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian, and Forth Valley.

New Covid-19 restrictions to be announced for Scotland

New virus restrictions are to be announced for Scotland as Covid-19 continues to spread. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has stated that new restrictions do not mean a return to full lockdown, although there has been speculation that further travel restrictions could be brought in in areas with higher levels of the virus. A temporary closure and tighter controls could also be imposed on some pubs, restaurants, and other venues. Details of the new measures will be confirmed in a speech to the Scottish Parliament at 14:50 local time on Wednesday.

More than 14,000 new coronavirus cases confirmed in the UK

More than 14,000 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the UK as the government fears mount over a second wave of infections. Official data shows that between Sunday and Monday, more than 12,000 new cases were confirmed and that in the last 24 hours, 2,000 more were identified. The highest rates of cases have been reported in Manchester, Knowsley and Liverpool. In total, the UK has confirmed more than 530,000 cases and around 42,000 deaths.

Three found dead at a residence in West London

Three people have been found dead at a residence in West London. According to the police, officers were dispatched to Clayponds Lane in Brentford in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Reports indicate that one of the victims sustained stab wounds. Among those killed include a three-year-old boy. Investigations are still ongoing, and the Met Police added that "at this early stage, officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident."

Several children rushed to hospital after incident in north London

More than a dozen children have been rushed to hospital after suddenly feeling unwell at a school in Highgate, north London. The emergency services rushed to La Sainte Union Catholic School after the incident was reported on Monday afternoon. The Guardian reported that the students are believed to have consumed some kind of sweets. Authorities are still investigating the incident. No evacuation orders have been issued and no one has been arrested so far, although investigations are ongoing.

Stabbing incident reported in Glasgow

A stabbing incident has reportedly occurred in the Scottish city of Glasgow, leaving at least one victim injured. The incident allegedly occurred over the weekend, on Saturday evening at around 20:10 local time, when a suspected knife attack was reported in the Knightswood area. Police were dispatched to Kestrel Road, where the suspect was apprehended. It's understood the suspect attacked the victim in the middle of the road. The motive behind the attack remains under investigation.

Hundreds of students test positive for coronavirus at Northumbria University

Around 800 students at Northumbria University have tested positive for coronavirus. Euronews reported that from the students that tested positive, a large majority are asymptomatic. The university said in a statement: "These students are all now self-isolating. Their flatmates and any close contacts are also self-isolating for 14 days in line with government guidance." Coronavirus outbreaks have already been reported across several universities in the UK.

IMO targeted in cyber attack

The UN's London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been the target of a cyberattack, the second incident to hit the shipping industry in less than a week. IMO said in a statement that several of its web-based services were down after the organisation's IT systems were the target of a "sophisticated cyber-attack". Last week, the shipping giant CMA CGM was hit with a data breach. Cyber attacks against the shipping industry have become frequent in recent years. In 2017, a major breach of the Danish-based Moller-Maersk led to losses of $300m.

Stricter Covid rules introduced in Liverpool and north-east England

Stricter coronavirus rules are to be introduced in Liverpool and north-east England as Covid-19 cases continue to rise. A ban on households meeting indoors will come into effect as part of further restrictions following a spike in cases across the Liverpool City Region, Warrington, Hartlepool, and Middlesbrough. According to reports, Liverpool's infection rate has risen 13 fold in the last month. The rule applies in settings such as pubs, restaurants, and homes and people have also been advised to not attend amateur sports events as spectators, avoid all but essential travel, and to only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances. Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated the aim was to enforce these rules for "as short a time as possible".

Uber wins appeal to continue operating in London

Uber will be allowed to continue operating in London after winning an appeal. The US-based company has been granted with an 18-month licence after challenging a decision from Transport for London. With the ruling, Uber's license will be contingent on a number of requirements and regulatory guidelines. Transport for London refused to renew the company's license over allegations that it had breached a number of safety measures. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I can assure Londoners that TfL will continue to closely monitor Uber and will not hesitate to take swift action should they fail to meet the strict standards required to protect passengers."

Wales lockdowns extended

Localised lockdown measures are to be expanded in Wales ad Covid-19 cases continue to rise. Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen, and the Vale of Glamorgan have been added to the growing list of places with local lockdowns in force. From this evening, residents will be banned from mixing with other households indoors and won't be able to leave their county, barring a limited number of reasons. The latest set of measures mean nearly two thirds of the Welsh population will be under local lockdown. Elsewhere in the UK, coronavirus outbreaks continue to grow in British universities and harsher fines have been introduced for anyone in England who tests positive and fails to self-isolate.

Further lockdown restrictions announced in Wales

Further lockdown measures have been announced for parts of south Wales. Lockdown restrictions will come into effect in the counties of Cardiff and Swansea, as well as the town of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. In Llanelli, lockdown measures will apply from 18:00 BST on Saturday, while in Cardiff and Swansea, measure will come into effect from 18:00 BST on Sunday. The latest set of localised restrictions come in addition to existing lockdowns in Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent, Newport, and Bridgend. Overall, some 1.5 million people will be affected by the restrictions - about half the Welsh population.

Police officer shot dead at Croydon custody centre

A police officer has been shot dead inside a custody centre in south London. The male officer was shot at 02:15 on Friday morning by a 23-year-old assailant in Croydon. The gunman was taken to hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wounds and remains in a critical condition. "When a colleague dies in the line of duty the shockwaves and sadness reverberates throughout the Met and our communities. Policing is a family, within London and nationally, and we will all deeply mourn our colleague," said Met Commissioner Cressida Dick.

Man killed in Stockport incident

A man has been confirmed dead following an incident in Stockport, Greater Manchester. The incident allegedly occurred on Tuesday evening at around 21:00 local time on Windermere Road in the Heaviley area of Stockport. Local reports indicate that the police have made an arrest in connection with the case, with one woman in police custody on suspicion of murder. She also faces charges related to arson. Further details concerning the cause and precise nature of the incident have yet to be disclosed.

Household visits banned in Scotland

People in Scotland have been banned from visiting other households inside. The ban prevents people from different households meeting indoors and will be imposed across Scotland. Similar measures are already in place in Glasgow and some surrounding areas. The ban comes as part of the Scottish government's latest set of measures to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also confirmed that Scotland will follow England in imposing a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants. Indoor and outdoor gatherings in Scotland were restricted to six people from two households just two weeks ago. Meanwhile, British PM Boris Johnson has revised government advice to office workers, telling them to work from home if they can, while weddings have been limited to a maximum of 15 people.

UK Covid-19 alert level upgraded

The UK's coronavirus alert level is being upgraded from level three to level four in a five-level alert system, as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise. The increase in alert level indicates a high or rising level of transmission. The country's alert level was last reduced from level four to level three on 19 June. The change comes after chief medical officers across the UK observed that Covid-19 cases have been "rising rapidly and probably exponentially in significant parts of all four nations".

Covid-19 lockdowns announced for parts of Wales

New localised lockdown measures have been announced for parts of Wales as cases continue to rise across the UK. Lockdowns are now to be enforced in four more Welsh counties: Newport, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, and Blaenau Gwent. Measures will come into effect from 18:00 BST on Tuesday 22 September - meaning more than a quarter of the Welsh population will be under tighter social restrictions. In the latest announcement, it was confirmed that the new lockdown measures in the four additional counties will have the same restrictions as the recently imposed lockdown in Rhondda Cynon Taf. This means residents will not be able to enter or leave those areas, bar a few exemptions. People will also only be able to meet others from outside their household outdoors.

Tighter restrictions to be imposed in Lancashire

Tighter social restrictions are set to be imposed in parts of Lancashire as Covid-19 cases reportedly rise there. Preliminary reports indicate that localised restrictions could be introduced in the area over the coming weekend. The measures are expected to exclude the city of Blackpool. The restrictions are expected to include a ban on households mixing and a requirement for hospitality businesses to close early. Further details on a possible lockdown in north-west England are to be confirmed by Friday evening. The news comes as the government is also rumoured to be considered tightening national restrictions.

Singapore and Thailand added to 'quarantine-free' list

Singapore and Thailand have both been added the England's 'quarantine-free' travel list. This means that people arriving from these countries in England and Scotland will not need to quarantine from 04:00 BST on Saturday morning. Both Thailand and Singapore continue to only allow people to enter for a limited number of reasons, such as if they have a work permit or are the spouse or a child of a resident - meaning the decision to remove quarantine restrictions for arrivals from these countries in parts of the UK is unlikely to lead to a surge in unessential travel and a subsequent rise in Covid-19 cases.

North-east England prepares for local lockdowns

Local lockdowns are set to be imposed across parts of north-east England in response to a rise in the coronavirus infection rate. On Thursday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that local lockdown restrictions will apply in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland, and County Durham. The restrictions will affect up to two million people. Measures may include pubs closing earlier and restrictions on households mixing.

Lockdown measures re-imposed in Rhondda Cynon Taf

A localised lockdown has been re-imposed in the Welsh country of Rhondda Cynon Taf following rising coronavirus rates there. The lockdown will take effect from 18:00 local time on Thursday - making the country the second area in Wales to have such measures re-imposed. Restrictions on social movements are to be brought back in, with residents banned from meeting anyone outside their own household indoors, including homes and other indoor venues. Movement in and out of the county is also being heavily restricted.

Nationwide Covid-19 death toll up by 20

The nationwide death toll for Covid-19 has increased by 20 fatalities over the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 41,684. An additional 3,991 new cases of infection have also been confirmed - taking the national total number of coronavirus cases up to 378,219. The latest daily increase has been the highest recorded since 08 May. Virus cases have been on the rise in the UK over the last two weeks, sparking fears of a potential second wave of cases.

Fatal stabbing reported in Glasgow

A person has died following a suspected stabbing incident in Glasgow, Scotland. The stabbing reportedly occurred on Boydstone Road in the Pollok area, on Tuesday afternoon at around 13:25 local time. The victim has been identified as a 32-year-old male who died in hospital shortly after the attack. Police inquiries into the incident remain ongoing. No arrests have been made so far.

Glasgow hospital evacuated amid reports of a fire

A hospital in Glasgow has reportedly been evacuated after a fire allegedly broke out on Wednesday. Reports of a fire have not yet been confirmed, but the premises of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has been evacuated as a precaution, with most staff and patients evacuated at around 09:22 local time. Cordons have apparently been established near the main entrance and the children's hospital. No casualties have been reported and the cause of the fire remains unclear. 

Fatal stabbing reported in South London

A fatal stabbing incident has been reported in the Lambeth area of South London. The incident allegedly occurred on Tuesday afternoon at around 14:350 local time on Stockwell Road. One person has been confirmed dead after sustaining multiple stab wounds, with the victim dying at the scene. A murder investigation has been launched by police, although no clear motive has been discerned thus far and no suspects have been identified.

Nine new coronavirus deaths reported

Nine new Covid-19 deaths and 2,621 new cases of infection have been reported in the UK over the last 24 hours. The latest daily increase comes as coronavirus cases have increased in recent weeks, leading to a tightening on social restrictions. The national death toll now stands at 41,637 and the caseload has risen to over 371,000.

Travel advisory issued for China

A travel advisory has been issued for China warning UK citizens of a heightened risk of arbitrary arrest in China. The warning comes as the UK's Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) stated that a number of citizens had recently been detained in China under charges related to national security and state secrets. Relations between the UK and China have been strained in recent months, due to a fallout over a controversial security law in Hong Kong, as well as the UK government's decision to ban Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei, from its 5G network.

MPs back Internal Market Bill in Commons vote

British MPs have backed the Internal Market Bill in a first vote in the House of Commons today. The proposed law would give the government power to override parts of the Brexit agreement with the EU. The bill cleared its first hurdle in the Commons today, after MPs backed it 340 votes to 263. The bill aims to safeguard the UK in the event of a break down in Brexit negotiations; however, critics of the bill warn it risks breaching international law. A number of government MPs either voted against the bill or abstained from the vote. Further rebellions are anticipated in the legislation process.

Covid-19 restrictions come into effect

The latest restrictions on social gatherings have come into effect in the UK today, as Covid-19 numbers rise. As of Monday 14th September, social gatherings have been limited to a maximum of six people. The so-called "rule of six" applies both indoors and outdoors in England and Scotland, and indoors only in Wales. In Wales, children under the age of 11 are exempt, as are children under the age of 12 in Scotland. The measure comes into effect as the UK's rate of spread (R number) increased to between 1 and 1.2 for the first time since since March, indicating infections are rising.

Enhanced coronavirus measures imposed in Birmingham

Enhanced coronavirus measures have been imposed in Birmingham after a spike in cases was reported in recent weeks. Data shows that Birmingham has the second-highest rate of cases in England after Bolton. The new restrictions include a ban on gatherings involving people from two separate households. Similar measures were also imposed in Sandwell and Solihull. The UK has reported an increase to its R number amid fears of a second wave of infections. So far, the UK has reported around 362,000 coronavirus cases and more than 41,000 deaths.

Face coverings made mandatory in Wales

The wearing of face coverings is to be made mandatory in Wales as part of the Welsh government's latest counter-Covid measures. Face coverings will have to be worn in shops and other indoor spaces from Monday 14 September. Until now, people in Wales have only been required to wear face coverings on public transport, unlike elsewhere in the UK, with face coverings in English and Scottish shops mandatory since July.

AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine suffers setback

The UK-based AstraZeneca has halted global trials of its coronavirus vaccine after a participant fell ill. The company said that it will review the situation through an independent committee. The vaccine is being developed in partnership with the University of Oxford. This vaccine was amongst one of the most promising to be released to the general public. No further details about the the participant's illness have been revealed. As part of the process to develop a coronavirus vaccine, nine US and European vaccine makers signed a pledge to adhere to scientific standards upon the release of vaccines. The pledge was signed just as Russia released a vaccine to the public.

Social restrictions tighten amid virus spike

Social restrictions have been tightened across England following a recent increase in Covid-19 cases. As of 14 September, social gatherings will be capped at a maximum of six people. This measure will apply to gatherings outside and inside, including in private homes - where the risk of local transmission is much higher than outdoors. Some exemptions to the rule include schools, workplaces, organised team sports, and Covid-secure weddings and funerals. Households and support bubbles larger than six people are unaffected. Those violating the ban could face an initial fine of £100, doubling on each offence up to a maximum of £3,200. Currently, the UK has a caseload of more than 352,000, and a death toll of 41,586.

Covid-19 restrictions tightened in Bolton

Covid-19 restrictions have been further tightened in Bolton following a rise in Covid-19 cases there. The new measures include a curfew between the hours of 22:00 and 05:00 local time. Plans to ease restrictions in Bolton were scrapped last week after virus cases rose there. On Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the town had "the highest case rate in the country", with 120 cases per 100,000 population. The latest measures comes amid rising concern over increasing virus numbers in the UK, especially amongst the young. Hancock suggested that contact tracing indicated the recent sharp rise in cases had been linked to people in their 20s and 30s socialising.

Russian ambassador to the UK summoned over Navalny's poisoning

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has summoned the Russian ambassador to the UK after the poisoning incident of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny has been already taken out of an induced coma. He was transferred from Russia to a hospital in Berlin, Germany. Doctors concluded that Navalny suffered from Novichok poisoning, the same agent believed to be used against former Russian military officer Sergei Skripal in Salisbury. Navalny's poisoning led to intense political pressure against Russia, especially from Germany and the European Union.

Teenager detained after shooting near school in Suffolk

A 15-year-old has been detained after a shooting near a school in Suffolk. Police officers were deployed to the Kesgrave High School after a serious incident was reported on Monday morning. Police confirmed that a teenager was injured and airlifted to a hospital in Cambridge. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the incident are. Kesgrave High School has confirmed that the suspect is one of its year 11 students. Kesgrave is a town located in eastern Ipswich.

One killed, several wounded in Birmingham stabbings

One person has been killed and several others wounded in a series of stabbings in the centre of Birmingham. Chief Superintendent Steve Graham said there was no indication that the incident was terror-related. "Please be assured that we are doing absolutely everything we can to find whoever was responsible and try to understand what exactly happened," said Ch Supt Graham. The stabbings took place in the early hours of Sunday morning near Gay Village and the Chinese Quarter.

Restrictions imposed in Glasgow due to coronavirus surge

Restrictions have been imposed in Glasgow after a surge in coronavirus cases was reported in the city. Residents in West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire will also be subjected to the same measures, which include a ban on people visiting others from a different household. More than one-third of all new cases in Scotland have been reported in Glasgow and Clyde. Infection rates in all three areas are more than double the average in Scotland. Enhanced restrictions come as the school term has already begun. In total, Scotland has reported more than 20,000 cases.

Heavy rain triggers floods in West Lothian

Heavy rainfall has triggered severe flooding in the West Lothian area of Scotland. Flood water has inundated more than 20 homes in Broxburn of West Lothian, and some resident shad to be rescued from waist-deep water by emergency crews. The evacuations were carried out as a precautionary measure and no injuries have been reported. Water levels have since begun to recede as clear-up operations get underway.

Two activists detained in Bristol

Two Extinction Rebellion activists have reportedly been detained in Bristol. The pair were allegedly arrested after they staged a protest on the Clifton Suspension Bridge, where they linked arms and lay down on the road to block traffic. The incident has lead to the temporary closure of the bridge. The protest is understood to be the first of a number of demonstrations by the group, due to be held in Bristol over the next few days.

Freight train derailment triggers fire

The derailment of a freight train carrying diesel has triggered a huge fire in south Wales. The incident occurred on Wednesday night in Llangennech, near Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, the train burst into flames and fuel spilled into the River Loughor. It has currently been deemed unsafe to make attempts to contain the diesel spill while the fire is still burning. Both workers on board the train have been accounted for. The fire was initially declared a "major incident" due to the risk of harm to nearby residents. Some 300 people living within 800m of the blaze were initially evacuated from their homes, but have since been allowed to return. Investigations into the cause of the accident are underway.

Floods cause power cuts in North Wales

Recent flooding in North Wales has triggered power cuts and evacuations. According to reports, dozens of homes have been evacuated across the Abergwyngregyn, Beddgelert, Bethesda, and Gwynedd areas in Bangor, Caernarfon, and Llanfairfechan. Thousands of properties have been left without power and the A5 motorway has also been closed between Bethesda and Betws y Coed due to flooding. A yellow weather warning remains in place for much of the region.

Storm Francis lashes UK

Parts of Britain have been lashed by heavy rain and winds of more than 70mph as Storm Francis hits. The Met Office has issued an amber wind warning for most of Wales and parts of midlands in England from 14:00 - 22:00 local time on Tuesday 25 August. A yellow wind warning is also in effect for most of England and Wales from 09:00 Tuesday until 09:00 Wednesday. Heavy rain has led to homes being flooded in parts, as well as widespread travel disruption. Police are conducting two separate searches for two people in the River Taff near Cardiff. Elsewhere, a woman was rescued from the River Ely in Leckwith and nine people and two dogs were rescued from a flooded campsite in St Clears, Carmarthenshire.

Coronavirus cluster linked to school in Dundee, Scotland

A coronavirus cluster has been linked to a school in Dundee, Scotland. Morea confirmed cases emerged on Monday in connection with the cluster. NHS Tayside confirmed that a total of 27 positive Covid-19 results, including 21 staff, two pupils, and four community contacts, have been recorded so far in the Kingspark School cluster. The emergence of the cluster is among the first to be linked to a school in the UK. Latest reports indicate new restrictions are to be brought in for Scottish secondary school pupils, which will require all students over the age of 12 to wear face coverings in school corridors, communal areas, and on school buses from 31 August.

Seven New IRA suspects charged in Northern Ireland

Seven suspected members of the New IRA has been charged with terrorism after police raids in Northern Ireland. Belfast Telegraph reported that the raids happened as part of Operation Arbaacia, which also involved the Security Service (MI5). Reports indicate that the suspects were charged under the Terrorism Act and were mainly from Armagh and Tyrone counties.

Lockdown measures tightened in parts of north-west England

Parts of England's north-west are set to see lockdown restrictions tighten. Extra restrictions designed to curb the spread of Covid-9 are to be enforced in Oldham, Pendle, and Blackburn from midnight on Saturday. The new measure will prevent residents in those areas from socialising with anyone from outside their household. Workplaces, schools, childcare facilities and businesses, including restaurants and pubs, remain unaffected by the new restrictions - meaning residents will still be allowed to shop, go to work, and attend childcare settings including schools, which are due to start again next month. Elsewhere, Birmingham has been put on a coronavirus watch list as an 'Area of Enhanced Support', while Northampton has become an 'Area of Intervention'. 

British Airways workers to strike in October

British Airways (BA) workers have announced their intention to strike during the October half term. The strike has been organised after the airline announced plans to cut 12,000 jobs and to transfer remaining employees onto lower-salary contracts. Thousands of BA employees are expected to take part in the strike, including some 3,000 cargo workers. If it goes ahead, the strike will commence on Monday 26 October and could significantly impact the airline's operational capability during a typically busy time of the year.

One killed in Brixton double stabbing

One person has been killed and a second person has also been injured in a double stabbing incident in Brixton, South London. According to local reports, two male victims were found injured by police on Wynne Road on Thursday evening shortly before 18:00 local time. It's believed the pair had been involved in a nearby fight on Overton Road, which the police had been called out to respond to. One of the victims passed away in hospital, while the other's conditions has been described as not life threatening. Both men had sustained stab wounds. A murder investigation has been launched; however, no suspects have been arrested yet. An overturned car found in nearby Marcella Road is thought to be linked to the incident.

Woman dead in riverboat accident, Norfolk

A woman has been killed in a boating accident in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon, when a riverboat crashed into a wall in the water at North Quay, throwing the woman into the water in the River Bure. The woman reportedly became trapped under the boat and drowned. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries have been launched to investigate the circumstances leading up to the incident.

Royal Navy and NATO shadow nine Russian warships in the North Sea

Nine Russian warships have been escorted while transiting near UK territorial waters. In a statement, the Royal Navy said that it has shadowed the Russian vessels - three Steregushchiy-class corvettes, three Ropucha-class landing and three missile-armed patrol boats - with aid from NATO. Commander Will Paston said: “While the Russian Navy operated in a safe and professional manner, HMS Westminster combined with NATO-allied units across the North Sea and Baltic Sea to escort them throughout." The Royal Navy added that the movement of Russian military vessels in the North Sea intensified since the end of military ceremonies in St Petersburg back in July.

Public Health England to be replaced amid coronavirus pandemic

Health Minister Matt Hancock has said that Public Health England (PHE) will be axed as the UK reports one of the highest rates of coronavirus deaths in the world. PHE is expected to be replaced by the National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) which has started work with immediate effect. Hancock said: "To give ourselves the best chance of beating this virus once and for all - and of spotting and being ready to respond to other health threats, now and in the future, we are creating a brand new organisation to provide a new approach to public health protection and resilience." PHE has come under scrutiny after it suspended community testing and tracing back in March.

Leicester lockdown to be eased

The lockdown which has been imposed in Leicester due to a spike in Covid-19 cases there is due to be eased after infections drop by almost half. The extent to which lockdown measures will be relaxed are due to be released in further detail later today. The lockdown was imposed there in late June and restricted residents from meeting people from outside their household. Business operating hours have also been heavily restricted under the measures.

Ten-year-old found dead in West London

A 10-year-old boy has been found dead in a private residence in West London, triggering a murder investigation. The body was discovered on Sunday, during the early hours, at a property on Cumberland Park in Acton. The police have already arrested a main suspect who is being charged with murder. It's believed the suspect and the victim knew each other. No other suspects have been identified in connection with the case and the police are not seeking any other persons of interest. The motive behind the killing remains unclear as investigations get underway.

Coronavirus outbreak reported at sandwich factory in Northampton

A coronavirus outbreak has been reported at a sandwich factory in Northampton. Local authorities confirmed that some 300 employees at the Greencore factory have tested positive for the virus. Greencore said in a statement that is currently liaising with health officials in the town. Coronavirus outbreaks have been previously reported in other food factories and distribution centres in the UK.

Thunderstorm warnings issued across UK

Thunderstorm warnings have been issued across the UK, with some areas at risk of flooding. Storms have already affected large parts of the country as a record-breaking heatwave comes to an end, with some areas seeing the longest stretch of high temperatures since the 1960s. Yellow storm warnings apply to much of England, Wales, parts of Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland and are set to remain in place until the evening of Monday 17 August. The Met Office has warned there is a chance of flooding, travel disruption, power cuts, and potential damage to buildings from lightning strikes or strong winds. Yesterday, torrential rain and lightning lashed parts of Scotland and three people died when a passenger train hit a landslide caused by heavy rain and derailed near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. A major incident was also declared amid stormy weather in Fife.

Covid-19 figures rise by 1,009 new cases

Covid-19 figures in the UK have risen by over a thousand new cases in the last 24 hours. The latest daily increase of 1,009 newly diagnosed cases of infection takes the total number of cases to 313,798. The national death toll has also gone up by 77, bringing the total number of people who have died after contracting the virus to 41,329. A review on how coronavirus deaths are counted in England saw the UK death toll reduced by more than 5,000 yesterday. The recalculation is based on a new definition of who has died from Covid-19, counting only those who die up to 28 days after testing positive. This brings England's methods in line with the other UK nations.

NHS identifies new coronavirus cluster in north-eastern Glasgow

A new coronavirus cluster involving high school students has been identified in north-eastern Glasgow. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) reported that the pupils are part of the Bannerman High School in Baillieston, which reopened on Wednesday. NHSGGC said that it still investigating the cluster and said that those affected did not go to school. The UK government is currently working on strategies to return children to school as early as September. The Department of Education has published thorough guidance for the plans.

Several injured after train derails near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Several people have been injured after a train derailed near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. The emergency services headed to the scene after the accident happened at 09:43 local time. Network Rail Scotland said that "it is too early to confirm the exact nature and severity of the incident and more details will be made available once known". Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon considered it "an extremely serious incident". Inclement weather has been affecting several areas in Scotland, causing severe travel disruption in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

UK enters recession amid coronavirus pandemic

The UK has officially entered recession for the first time since 2009. The economy has suffered its biggest slump on record for the second quarter of this year (April - June 2020) - something economists have largely attributed to the unprecedented pressures brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. The economic decline was concentrated in April, at the height of the lockdown, with shop closures and a fall in factory and construction output pushing the UK into a technical recession - two consecutive quarters of economic decline. As a result, the economy shrunk by 20.4 percent compared with the first quarter (January - March 2020), before restrictions were brought in. Since restrictions started easing in May, the economy has begun to bounce back on a month-on-month basis, with the economy growing by 8.7 percent in June. Despite signs of growth, the UK's slump has been one of the biggest among advanced economies amid the pandemic.

Fatal stabbing reported in Poole

A fatal stabbing incident has been reported in Poole, Dorset. The 66-year-old victim died in hospital on Monday, after being stabbed by an armed suspect at a private residence on Rossmore Road on Sunday evening at around 19:30 local time. The suspect, a 53-year-old man from Poole, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, having previously been arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm. It's understood the victim and suspect were known to each other. A police cordon has been established at the scene as investigations continue.

Police clash with youths in Belfast

A violent clash reportedly broke out between police officers and a group of youths in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The incident occurred over the weekend and left at least 26 police officers injured. According to reports, the officers were attacked by the youths on Distillery Street on Saturday. The police officers had been called out to the scene to support contractors clearing a bonfire. It's claimed the youths threw projectiles at the police, including petrol bombs and masonry. "Footage from evidence-gathering cameras will be reviewed and all efforts will be made to identify those involved," said Superintendent Melanie Jones.

UK daily Covid-19 figures rise above 1,000

The UK-wide daily increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen above 1,000 for the first time since 26 June. On Sunday, 1,062 new cases of infection were recorded, along with eight new deaths, bringing the country's Covid-19 tally to over 310,000 and the death toll to more than 46,000. The increase has reportedly been attributed to an increase in testing, particularly in high-risk areas where infection rates are highest.

Covid-19 death toll rises by 65

The coronavirus death toll in the Uk has risen by 65, taking the total number of people who have died after contracting the virus to 46,364. An additional 892 new cases of infection have also been registered over the last 24 hours, bringing the national coronavirus caseload up to 307,184. The latest figures were confirmed by the UK Department of Health and Social Care.

Lockdown reimposed in Aberdeen, Scotland

Lockdown measures are being reimposed in Aberdeen, Scotland, following the discovery of a covid-19 cluster there. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the measures on Wednesday, which will last for at least seven days  - at which point they will be reviewed and extended if necessary. Under the new restrictions, pubs and restaurants will have to close by 17:00 local time. The localised lockdown comes after new cases linked to a list of licensed venues indicated higher levels of community transmission. A list of the 20 venues involved in the outbreak will be published later today - those who have recently attended these places should exercise extreme vigilance over possible covid-19 symptoms. People have been told not to travel to the city and residents should not travel more than five miles for leisure purposes, or go inside each others' houses. Travelling for education or work is permitted.

Covid-19 death toll rises by 89

The death toll for covid-19 in the UK has risen to 42,399, after 89 new virus-related fatalities were registered over the last 24 hours. The total number of people who have tested positive for the virus has also gone up by 670, taking the national tally up to 306,293. The latest figures from the UK remain in line with a gradual downward trend following a surge in cases from late March to early May.

Personal email account of former trade secretary targeted by hackers

The personal email account of the UK's former trade secretary, Liam Fox, has reportedly been accessed by hackers on a number of occasions in 2019. Sources told Reuters that the breaches happened between July and November, just before the UK general election. Reports claim that the hackers were backed by Russia, which has denied any involvement. A UK government spokeswoman said: “There is an ongoing criminal investigation into how the documents were acquired, and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this point.” Last month, the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) concluded that the UK government was the target Russian interference, especially after the poisoning incident in Salisbury.

Four million under new virus restrictions in northern England

Some four million people in parts of northern England have been put under new coronavirus restrictions following a spike in covid-19 cases. The new restrictions apply to Greater Manchester, east Lancashire, and parts of West Yorkshire. Under the terms of the localised lockdowns, separate households have been banned from meeting each other. Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated that they believed the increase in cases has been linked to people spreading the virus whilst visiting friends and relatives. The new lockdown rules came into effect from midnight, just hours after being announced late on Thursday evening. The last-minute announcement has been widely criticised for the way in which it was handled, with further guidelines only being released this morning. The latest restrictions come without a time limit but will be reviewed on a weekly basis. The same restrictions will also apply to Leicester, which has been under local lockdown for the last month, although pubs, restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas, museums, and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen in the city from Monday.

Self-isolation period in the UK extended to 10 days

The self-isolation period in the UK has been extended from seven to 10 days. The decision was announced on Thursday after analysis concluding that people infected could have the virus for a longer period. In a statement, the UK chief medical officer said: “In symptomatic people, COVID-19 is most infectious just before, and for the first few days after symptoms begin". Meanwhile, the government is also considering whether to lower the quarantine period for those arriving in the UK to 10 days, instead of 14. So far, the UK has confirmed 300,000 cases and nearly 46,000 deaths.

Quarantine rules for UK arrivals could be changed

Quarantine rules for those returning to the UK from countries not included on the FCO 'quarantine-free list' are expected to change. The Telegraph reported that people returning from some countries that have a high incidence of cases could be required to self-isolate for 10 days, instead of the current 14. According to the report, new arrivals will be required to self-isolate for eight days and then for two additional days after they are tested for coronavirus. The measures have not yet been officially announced. The move comes after the FCO removed Spain from the list.

Covid-19 death toll up by 53

The death toll for Covid-19 in the UK has risen to 45,554, following the latest daily increase of 53 newly confirmed virus-related deaths. The country's total number of people who have been infected with the disease has also risen to 297,146 after an additional 769 newly diagnosed cases were registered over the past 24 hours. The UK has the world's third-highest death toll after the US and Brazil, but the world's 10th highest caseload - indicating an usually high death rate.

Three wounded in Tottenham shooting

Three people have been left injured following a shooting incident in Tottenham, North London. The incident occurred during the early hours of Thursday morning, at around 00:41 local time. Police responded to the scene on Griffin Road, near Bruce Grove Underground station after receiving reports of a suspected shooting. Three males were found at the scene with gunshot wounds. One of the victims is reported to be in a serious condition following the incident. The suspect is believed to have fled the scene before police arrived. No arrests have been made thus far as investigations get underway.

Man killed in southern town of Thame

A 20-year-old man has been killed in the Oxfordshire town of Thame. The man was reportedly killed by a 15-year-old boy, who has since been arrested on suspicion of murder. The incident occurred on Chinnor Road, with multiple witnesses. It's believed some members of the public may have video footage or pictures of the incident. The police have made an appeal not to upload content showing the incident to social media, but to instead share it with police. The precise details of how the man was killed have not yet been disclosed. Road closures have been established throughout surrounding areas.

ISC release report on Russian interference in the UK

A report from the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has concluded that the UK government has been targeted by Russian interference and that the government previously failed to adequately assess Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 Brexit referendum. The ISC document was released on Tuesday. Among the key findings, the GCHQ said that Russia's Central Intelligence Department (GRU) has launched numerous phishing attempts against government agencies, including the FCO and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) in the aftermath of the incident in Salisbury, where Sergei Skripal was targeted. Other aspects include the spread of disinformation through state-owned media, such as RT and Sputnik, and the use of bots and trolls on social media.

Beijing warns UK over Hong Kong interference

China has warned the UK of 'consequences' over alleged interference in Hong Kong. Beijing has described the UK's decision to suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong over a new security law a blatant interference in Chinese affairs and warned that the UK will "bear the consequences" if it continues to go "down the wrong road". The UK has also offered residency to millions of Hong Kongers following the introduction of the new law, which critics claim erodes Hong Kong's unique freedoms and therefore violates the terms under which the territory was returned to China by the UK in 1997. The series of events also comes as the UK made a U-turn decision on Huawei's involvement in its 5G network, choosing to ban the Chinese telecoms giant.

Oxford University develops coronavirus vaccine

Vaccine developers at the University of Oxford have reportedly developed a coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine is understood to be safe and works by triggering an immune response. Trials have been carried out involving 1,077 people, which showed the vaccine led to the body creating antibodies and T-cells (a type of white blood cell), which can fight coronavirus. It is still too early to determine with sufficient certainty whether or not the vaccine provide adequate protection against the virus though. Larger trials are currently underway. The vaccine is being developed at unprecedented speed and the UK has already ordered 100 million doses of it.

British Airways retires its Boeing 747 fleet

British Airways has announced that it is retiring its entire Boeing 747 fleet due to a massive hit in the airline industry. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect major airlines worldwide, BA told the BBC that: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm we are proposing to retire our entire 747 fleet with immediate effect." BA currently owns 31 747s, 10 percent of BA's total fleet. Reports indicate that BA was already planned to retire its Boeing 747 fleet in 2024.

Attempted Russian interference in 2019 election probable

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has stated that the British government believes that attempts by Russian to interfere in the 2019 UK general election were probable. Raab said that it was almost certain Russians had sought to interfere in the election by leaking documents on UK-US trade discussions, which emerged online during the 2019 election campaign and were ultimately used by the Labour Party. At the time, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the leaked documents proved the Conservatives planned to include the NHS in a future trade agreement - something the government denied. In response to the claims, a government-led inquiry with the National Cyber Security Centre was launched and found that the documents had been illicitly acquired and disseminated on Reddit - a forum website. Reddit then confirmed the upload had originated from Russia and suspended 61 accounts which showed a "pattern of coordination". A separate report into alleged Russian interference, by the Intelligence and Security Committee, is due to be published next week.

Hackers target Covid-19 vaccine researchers

Russian state-sponsored hackers have allegedly targeted Covid-19 vaccine researchers. It's claimed that attacks have targeted British, American, and Canadian organisations involved in vaccine development for Covid-19 amid the current pandemic. The UK's National Cyber Security Centre stated on Thursday that they believed drug companies and research groups were being targeted by a group known as APT29 - thought to be part of the Kremlin's intelligence services. It's assumed the attacks were carried out with the intention of stealing medical research; however, it remains unclear as to whether or not they attained this goal. British officials have stressed that no vaccine research had been compromised as a result of the cyber attacks. Similar attacks have also been reported in the US and Canada.

China attacks UK's Huawei ban

Beijing has hit out at the UK's ban on Huawei's involvement in its national 5G network. The Chinese government attacked the ban on the Chinese telecommunications giant, saying they were "strongly opposed" to it and calling it "groundless". A foreign ministry spokesperson from the Chinese government stated that Beijing would take the necessary steps to safeguard the "legitimate interests" of Chinese companies. Huawei's ties with the Chinese government is largely what has fuelled global concern over using the company. The US has welcomed the UK's ban, having already banned Huawei over alleged national security concerns and accusing the company of providing "material support to regimes engaging in human rights violations and abuses globally". China has warned that the UK's treatment of Huawei could be reciprocated.

Police arrest man linked to murder of Lyra McKee

A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of Lyra McKee, a journalist who died last year while covering riots in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) said that the suspect was arrested under a section of the Terrorism Act 2000. McKee was shot dead while she was standing near a police vehicle in the Creggan area. Another suspect was recently charged for involvement in her death. At the time, the New IRA acknowledged involvement in the incident. The paramilitary group claimed that McKee was not the intended target.

Extinction Rebellion protest planned in West Norfolk

An Extinction Rebellion protest is due to take place in West Norfolk on Friday 17 July. The demonstration will be staged in Downham Market and King's Lynn, where activists will line up hundreds of pairs of childrens' shoes outside the town halls. The action aims to highlight how future generations will be worst affected by a climate crisis. The protest is expected to be peaceful.

British court convicts former Unaoil managers for paying bribery in Iraq

A British court has convicted two former managers of an influential energy consultancy firm for paying bribes to secure oil projects in Iraq. Reuters reported that Ziad Akle and Stephen Whiteley were found guilty of making illegal payments. Both are linked to Unaoil, a Monaco-based consultancy company. They will be sentenced next week, while another executive is expected to face a retrial. The head of the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Lisa Osofsky, said: “These men dishonestly and corruptly took advantage of a government reeling from dictatorship and occupation and trying to reconstruct a war-torn state." The case is mainly focused on Unaoil's former chief executives, Cyrus Ahsani and Saman Ahsani, who pleaded guilty to bribery in the US last year.

Government to exclude Huawei from 5G network

The UK government is set to exclude Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei, from its 5G network. Concerns over national security had been raised over the involvement of Huawei in Britain's 5G network, but it was agreed earlier this year that the company could have a limited role. The UK has been under pressure from Washington to exclude Huawei due to allegations that China could use the firm for espionage or stealing intellectual property. In May, the US limited the company's access to US chip technology - forcing the UK to reassess the practicality of sourcing alternative chips in order to work with Huawei. Since then, UK-Chinese relations have also deteriorated - largely due to a diplomatic row over Hong Kong, where Beijing has introduced a controversial new security law which is widely seen as an attempt to curtail unique freedoms granted to the territory by a 1997 agreement made with the UK. In a barely veiled threat last week, China warned that there would be consequences if the UK excluded Huawei's from its 5G network.

Face coverings to be made mandatory in shops

The wearing of face coverings will be made compulsory in all shops and supermarkets in England. The latest public health measure against covid-19 will be mandatory from 24 July. Those failing to comply with the new rule could face a £100 fine. Face coverings have been compulsory on public transport since 15 June, and have been advised in enclosed public spaces since mid-May. The new measure will bring coronavirus rules in England in line with Scotland and other European countries. So far, the UK has reported more than 290,000 covid-19 cases, including almost 45,000 deaths.

Fatal stabbing reported in West Dulwich, London

A fatal stabbing incident has been reported in West Dulwich, London, leaving one person dead. The incident allegedly occurred on Wednesday morning, at around 06:30 local time, on Seeley Drive in the Kingswood Estate. According to reports, the police have launched a murder investigation; however, no suspects or motive have been identified thus far. A police cordon remains in place at the scene.

Air passengers arriving in Scotland subject to quarantine spot checks

Passengers arriving by air in Scotland will be subject to quarantine spot checks. The measure comes into effect on Tuesday. People failing to adhere to self-isolation guidelines could be fined. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that her devolved administration is still assessing the list released by the UK FCO on quarantine-free travel from 74 countries. In the last four days, no coronavirus deaths have been reported in Scotland. Quarantine rules in Scotland were first introduced in June. Air travellers are already subject to spot checks in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

China warns UK over interference with Hong Kong

Chinese ambassador have warned the UK over interfering in Hong Kong after a controversial new security law was brought in there last week. The UK's offer of a path to citizenship for up to three million Hong Kongers has been perceived by Beijing as a "gross interference"; however, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has rejected the accusation. Critics of the law claim it is a direct violation of the 1997 agreement between the UK and China, under which the territory was returned to Chinese sovereignty. The 'One Country, Two Systems' agreement protected special freedoms and autonomy for Hong Kong until 2047 and opponents to the new law claim it erodes these freedoms and autonomy. China has threatened to retaliate if the UK doesn't reverse its decision, and went further to warn Britain of possible ramifications if the government doesn't use Chinese-telecommunications giant, Huawei, to set up its 5G network. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged China not to interfere if Hong Kongers sought to come to the UK.

Paramedics stabbed during callout in Wolverhampton

Two paramedics have been stabbed during a callout in Wolverhampton. Police confirmed that the victims were taken to hospital. The incident happened on Monday afternoon at Stephens Close. Police officers and medical personnel headed to the scene over concerns on the welfare of a neighbour. Reports indicate that after the police removed the door, the man attacked the paramedics.

Quarantine-free list of countries published by FCO

The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has published the official list of countries for which quarantine will not apply to people arriving back in England. Travellers heading to countries on the list will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days once they return to the UK. In Europe, most EU countries are included, while in the Americas, Canada is the only continental country to be included. Most Caribbean islands were also added to the list. In Africa, the French overseas territory of Reunion is the only one included. Among the Asia-Pacific countries included are Japan, New Zeland, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam. The full list is available here.

FCO expected to lift ban on non-essential travel to some 90 countries

The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) is expected to lift a ban on non-essential travel to some 90 countries. In addition, visitors from countries on the list will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days when returning to the UK. Most EU members and British overseas territories are expected to be added to the list, which is set to be published on Friday. The UK government was planning to launch 'air-bridges' with Greece, France and Spain. Despite the UK allowing travel to those countries, entry restrictions may still apply in some destinations.

Hundreds detained in major European-wide police operation

Hundreds of people have been arrested in the UK as part of a major European-wide operation against organised crime. The National Criminal Agency (NCA) has said that 746 people were arrested and £54m in cash was seized as part of hundreds of raids across the UK. Various high-calibre weapons, and luxury vehicles and items were also seized. Operation Venetic targeted the infamous EncroChat, an encrypted communications platform claimed to be used by criminals to trade drugs, weapons and plan other illicit activities. Police estimate that EncroChat had 60,000 users, with 10,000 of them being based in the UK. Operation Venetic was launched three months ago, but EncroChat has been on the police radar since 2016. The operation happened after law enforcement agencies in France and the Netherlands managed to infiltrate the EcroChat network. 

Covid-19 death toll up by 176

The death toll for covid-19 in the UK has now increased to 43,906, following a daily increase of 176 new virus-related fatalities. An additional 829 new cases of infection have also been diagnosed, bringing the UK-wide total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 313,483. Overall, a total of 9,662,051 tests have been carried out so far, including 226,398 which were carried out on Tuesday.

Fatal stabbing reported in Bournemouth

A fatal stabbing incident has been reported in Bournemouth. According to reports, the stabbing occurred on Tuesday evening at around 18:00 local time in Boscombe Chine Gardens. The deceased has been identified as a 31-year-old male. Two men, aged 33 and 37, are being held by the police on suspicion of murder following the incident, while a 28-year-old woman is also being held on suspicion of assisting an offender. A cordon has been established at the scene and the police have made an appeal for any witnesses to get in touch.

Coronavirus figures up by 814 new cases

The UK-wide coronavirus figures have increased by 814 new cases and 25 new deaths over the last 24 hours. The latest daily increases were released on Monday afternoon, taking the total number of confirmed covid-19 cases to 311,965, while the death toll now stands at 43,575. The UK currently has the world's fifth-highest total number of cases, and the third-highest death toll, after the US and Brazil.

Cabinet Minister Mark Sedwill steps down

Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill has announced his resignation. Sedwill, who also served as the UK national security adviser, became cabinet secretary during the government of Theresa May. He took office after Jeremy Heywood's death in late-2018. Sedwill claimed that he is stepping down as the UK is moving towards a new recovery phase amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Sedwill has reportedly fallen out with a several senior members of the government over ambitious plans to revamp the Civil Service championed by Downing Street's adviser Dominic Cummings. David Frost, the UK's negotiator with the EU, will replace Sedwill as the UK national security adviser.

Coronavirus measures extended in Leicester due to surge

Coronavirus measures in the city of Leicester will remain in place until at least late-July. The UK government has already announced plans to re-open some non-essential businesses from 04 July, such as pubs and restaurants; however, they have to will remain shut in leicester due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases there. Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said that the decision had been made based on government advice. Home Secretary Priti Patel had previously stated that Leicester could face a local lockdown. According to government data, a 25 percent spike in cases was reported earlier this month.

Police responding to incident in central Glasgow

At least three people have been stabbed to death in an incident which has unfolded on West George Street in central Glasgow. Several road closures have been enforced throughout the surrounding area as armed police attend the scene to deal with a "serious incident". It's understood the victims were attack in a stairwell to a hotel and a police officer was also stabbed and injured during the incident. More than a dozen police vehicles remain at the scene outside the Park Inn and while the police have yet to clarify the nature of the incident, they have confirmed that the situation has been "contained", and the suspect is thought to have been shot dead by police. The incident comes less than a week after three people were stabbed to death in what was later declared a terrorist incident in Reading, England.

Yellow thunderstorm warning issued

A yellow thunderstorm warning has been issued for much of the UK. The warning has been issued by the Met office and will be in effect from midday on Friday, until 09:00 local time Saturday morning. Strong winds and heavy rainfall are expected to affect some areas with the potential for localised flooding in low-lying areas. Some disruption could be experienced if travelling. The warning applies to most of mainland Scotland, parts of north Wales, and most of England including London, barring the south-west and parts of the south-east.

Police attacked at illegal street party in Notting Hill

Police officers have reportedly been attacked amid efforts to disperse crowds which had gathered for an illegal street party in Notting Hill, London. The altercation occurred on Thursday in Colville Gardens, where crowds became violent in resisting police efforts to shut down the street party. According to reports, no casualties have been reported as a result of the incident, while no arrests have been made thus far as investigations are launched. The incident follows another from the previous night, when 22 police officers were injured when trying to shut down another illegal street party in Brixton. Such gatherings currently remain prohibited in accordance with covid-19 lockdown measures.

Major incident declared as thousands flock to beaches in Bournemouth

A major incident has been declared in Bournemouth after hundreds of thousands headed to local beaches as the UK recorded one of its hottest days of the year. Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council said that the declaration means that "multi-agency emergency response has now been activated to coordinate resources across the area to tackle the issues". According to reports, hundreds of parking fines were issued while more than 33 tonnes of garbage was collected. On Thursday the UK recorded a further 149 coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 43,230.

Twenty-two police officers injured amidst illegal London street party

At least 22 police officers have been injured after violence broke out when they tried to shut down an illegal street party in Brixton. The BBC has reported that four people have been arrested following the clashes, while two police officers are receiving hospital treatment. The police were dispatched to respond to the scene near Angell Town after receiving multiple noise complaints, as well as reports of violence at the "unlicensed music event". Several police vehicles were also damaged amidst the fracas. Large gatherings remain prohibited for the time being under covid-19 lockdown rules.

Government to relax further coronavirus restrictions

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that a number of coronavirus restrictions in England will be lifted from 04 July. In an address in the House of Commons, the PM said that pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers are among the businesses which will be allowed to resume operations. He added that social distancing rules will still be enforced, but instead of two metres, people will be requested to stand more than one metre away from one another. Cinemas and museums will also be allowed to reopen. So far, the UK has reported more than 300,000 coronavirus cases.

Coronavirus death toll increases by 15

The UK-wide figures for the covid-19 outbreak show that the death toll has risen to 42,647 following a daily increase of 15 new coronavirus deaths. The latest batch of deaths were all registered as virus-related within the last 24 hours. The total number of confirmed covid-19 cases has also gone up to 305,289, after an additional 958 cases of infection were reported on Monday afternoon. The UK passed the 300,000-mark last week and currently has the world's fifth highest total number of cases, and the world's third highest death toll, after the US and Brazil. Globally, more than nine million cases have been reported, along with over 470,000 deaths.

Three pedestrians killed in road collision in Cumbria

Three people have been killed in a road collision in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria. The Guardian reported that the accident happened on Sunday afternoon when the vehicle hit several pedestrians on Abbey Road. A 47-year-old man has been detained by the police on suspicion of drink-driving.

Reading knife attack declared a terrorist incident

Thames Valley Police has formally designated the knife attack in Reading a terrorist incident. Police have confirmed that the attacker, a 25-year-old Libyan national named Khairi Saadallah, is currently in custody. Saadallah targeted people with a knife in Forbury Gardens on Saturday evening. Three people were killed and several others were also injured. Two of the victims have already been identified. Among them is a school teacher from Wokingham and an American man who had lived in the UK for the last 15 years. According to the BBC, the suspect came to the attention of MI5 in 2019.

Several wounded in stabbing attack, Reading

Several people have been wounded in a stabbing at a park in the south-eastern city of Reading. The incident occurred at Forbury Gardens, which had earlier hosted a protest by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. The event organisers said that the protest had ended around two hours before the incident. Unconfirmed reports said that three people were killed and two others wounded, while the Press Association has said that a Libyan man was arrested in connection with the attack. Thames Valley Police said: "A number of people sustained injuries and were taken to hospital. A police cordon is in place in Forbury Gardens as officers investigate. We are asking the public to avoid the area at this time."

Government downgrades coronavirus alert level

The coronavirus alert level in the UK has been downgraded from four to three due to a steady decrease in the number of cases. The BBC reported that the downgrade was made based on a recommendation from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and chief medical officers in the four nations. Three is at the middle of the table of the five-tier scale published in May. It means that the "virus is in general circulation" and also allows a gradual relaxation of restrictions. Coronavirus case in the UK has already surpassed 300,000, including more than 42,000 deaths.

Coronavirus death toll in the UK reaches 42,000

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has surpassed 42,000 after 184 new coronavirus deaths were confirmed in the last 24 hours. According to official reports, the number of coronavirus cases in the country is now close to 300,000. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden led the daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday. He laid out plans for the reopening of arts venues in the UK, while the Premier League is also returning after nearly three months. Some major theatre venues in London's West End have already announced that some shows will be postponed until early 2021.

Search operation launched after US jet crashes into the North Sea

A search operation has been launched after a US military aircraft crashed into the North Sea on Monday morning. BBC reported that an F-15C Eagle, which is part of the 48th Fighter Wing based at the RAF Lakenheath, crashed at 09:40. It is still unclear what caused the crash. A search operation was launched in the area to locate the pilot. Colonel Will Marshal said: "Search and Rescue efforts are currently underway, but the pilot of the aircraft is still missing". RAF Lakenheath is "the largest US Air Force-operated base in England and the only US Air Forces in Europe F-15 fighter wing".

UK GDP contracts 20.4 percent in April

GDP contracted by more than 20 percent in April due to the country's coronavirus lockdown. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that this is the largest drop since comparable records were first released in 1997. The economic contraction is also significantly higher when compared with the 2008 global financial crisis. ONS data shows that the airline industry was the most affected in April, shrinking by nearly 93 percent. It was followed by the accommodation and food services sector, which fell by 88 percent. The Bank of England forecasts that the UK could enter its deepest recessions in centuries. The UK government is currently working on reopening the economy, with some sectors allowed to resume operations from 15 June.

TUI UK to cancel all beach holidays until 11 July

TUI UK, one of Europe's largest tour operators, has announced that beach holidays have been cancelled until at least 10 July. Initially, TUI UK had planned to restart bookings on 1 July. In a statement, the company said: "We are constantly monitoring the situation and will start taking people on holiday again as soon as we are able to do so.” International holidays have become a major topic ahead of the summer season. Several airlines, including Easyjet, Ryanair and BA, have filed a lawsuit against the UK government over its decision to implement a 14-day coronavirus quarantine for arrivals. In addition, the UK FCO is also advising against all but essential international travel.

PSNI recovers weapon used in McKee's murder in Londonderry

Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) has recovered the gun used in the murder of Lyra McKee, a journalist killed in Londonderry last year. BBC reported that searches were made in the Ballymagroarty area in Derry, where an explosive device was also recovered. Investigations into McKee's murder is focused on the involvement of the New IRA. McKee died while covering riots in Creggan. She was shot as she stood near a police vehicle.

Covid-19 death toll climbs by 151

The UK-wide death toll for covid-19 has risen to 41,279, following a daily increase of 151 new virus-related deaths. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has also risen to 291,409 after an additional 1,266 new cases of infection were registered over the last 24-hour period. The daily increase to the number of cases is higher than the previous day's increase of 1,003; however, it is still in line with the overall downward trend of decreasing new cases. Nevertheless, as the country continues to ease social restrictions, many are raising concerns over a possible second wave and it's feared the country's cases could hit the 300,000-mark by this time next week. 

NATO chief urges UK to review 5G deal with Huawei

NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg has urged the UK to review its 5G deal with the Chinese-based Huawei due to security concerns. Stoltenberg told the BBC: "I trust that the UK government will design their networks in ways that protect the networks and make sure that the UK has secure 5G networks. Therefore, also I think it is important that there now will be a new review looking at exactly how to make sure that should happen". Huawei has a limited role in building up the UK's 5G network. Permission was granted despite US concerns over the company's relationship with the Chinese government. Relations between the UK and China were recently strained over the Hong Kong security law.

Four sentenced for membership of National Action

Four people have been sentenced for membership of the National Action (NA), an extreme right-wing outlawed group considered as a terrorist organisation in the UK. A court in Birmingham concluded that one of them, named Mark Jones, had an active role in the organisation and was trialled as the group's leader. All others were also charged for continuing membership in the group after it was banned in 2016. Jones was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison, the highest sentence amongst them. The NA was banned when Amber Rudd was the UK home secretary.

UK coronavirus death toll increases by 286

Coronavirus deaths in the UK have increased by 286, bringing the total number of fatalities to nearly 41,000. According to the Department of Health and Social Care, the number of coronavirus cases is almost 290,000. Since the pandemic hit the UK, the government has already carried out around six million tests. Coronavirus fatalities in the UK continue to increase while some of the restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus are being gradually lifted. Some schools have already been allowed to resume classes, while a number of non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen.

UK coronavirus death toll rises by 55

The UK's coronavirus death toll has risen by 55 over the last 24 hours, with the total standing at 40,597 confirmed covid-19 fatalities as of Monday 08 June. The latest daily increase to the death toll is the lowest recorded since before the government brought in the nationwide lockdown on 23 March. This included no new deaths recorded in Scotland and Northern Ireland - both for the second day in a row. An additional 1,205 new cases of infection have also been reported - taking the national total number of confirmed coronavirus cases up to 287,399. In the UK, covid-19 figures reported every Monday tend to be lower due to a reporting lag over the weekend, with daily figures typically rising again on Tuesday.

Man shot dead in Shepherd's Bush incident

A man has been shot dead in an armed incident in Shepherd's Bush, West London. The incident reportedly unfolded on Sunday, during the early hours of the morning at around 00:40 local time. The victim was believed to have been in his twenties and may have been shot at as many as three times, according to witness reports. The Metropolitan Police have confirmed the incident on Askew Road and said the man was pronounced dead at the scene, near the road's junction with Ashchurch Terrace at 01:26. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident so far, while a murder investigation gets underway.

Fatal shooting reported, East London

A fatal shooting has been reported in East London over the weekend. One person has been confirmed dead following the incident, which apparently occurred in Hackney late on Friday evening, at around 23:30 local time. The police responded to the scene on Brackenfield Close and a 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident. The deceased has been identified as a male in his 20s, who was pronounced dead at the scene. A murder investigation is underway. 

US prosecutors request to talk with Prince Andrew amid Epstein probe

US federal prosecutors in New York have formally asked the British government to talk with Prince Andrew as part of the sexual abuse investigations involving Jeffrey Epstein. NBC News reported that the request was made through the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT). The Times reported that Prince Andrew's legal team will make an official statement on Monday. Epstein died while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges. He was known for being a well-connected billionaire, with connections to US President Donald Trump, among other high-level politicians and personalities. Prince Andrew has denied allegations of involvement in the case and is said to be cooperating with the US authorities.

Coronavirus deaths in the UK hit 40,000

Coronavirus deaths in the UK have officially surpassed 40,000 after 357 new coronavirus fatalities were confirmed in the last 24 hours. According to the government, 40,261 people have died in the UK since the coronavirus pandemic hit the country. The UK has one of the highest death rates in the world. The overall number of deaths is the second-highest, just behind the US. Official data on coronavirus deaths in the UK is usually provided by the Department of Health, although other official governments statistics agencies estimate that the coronavirus deaths could be as high as 50,000.

Use of face coverings to become mandatory on public transport

People using public transport across England will be required to wear face coverings from 15 June. During the daily cabinet briefing, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that the decision will coincide with the data that non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen in the UK. The measure will be enforced on ferries, buses, trains, aircraft and on the underground. Although the move is expected to initially be introduced in England, the governments in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland may soon follow suit. 

Home secretary confirms quarantine plans for international arrivals

Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed quarantine plans for almost all international arrivals in the UK. Patel told the House of Commons that international passengers will be requested to fill in a form telling the Home Office where they are staying and isolating. Fines of up to £1,000 could be imposed on those that violate the rule. People will be requested to self-isolate for 14 days. Airlines and the tourism industry have criticised the decision as it may prevent travellers from heading abroad during the summer. The quarantine rules will be only imposed in England, while the governments in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland will implement their own policies.

Black Lives Matter protest to be held in London

Thousands of people are expected to gather to take part in a Black Lives Matter protest in central London. The demonstration is scheduled to take place at 13:00 local time on Wednesday in Hyde Park. The protest is being staged in solidarity with those standing against police brutality against black people in America, where the recent death of George Floyd whilst in police custody has sparked a widespread protest movement. 

Easyjet plans to relaunch hundreds of routes by August

The low-cost carrier EasyJet has announced plans to resume operations to hundreds of destinations. The Telegraph reported that the company will restart half of its routes by July, and increase the offer in the following month. Several airlines have already laid out plans to resume flights to some European destinations ahead of the summer holidays. However, ther has been criticism of the government from the industry over plans to impose a 14-day quarantine on people returning to the UK. The quarantine plans are set to start on 8 June. Despite airlines planning to resume operations, UK travellers will still be subject to government travel advice.

Coronavirus death toll in the UK nears 40,000

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has neared 40,000 after more than 300 fatalities were confirmed. According to the Department of Health and Social Care, a further 324 deaths were confirmed in the latest report.1,613 people tested positive in the last 24 hours. In total, the coronavirus virus death toll in the UK currently sits at 39,369. Coronavirus cases in the UK continue to increase as the government ended some lockdown restrictions. From Monday, groups of up to six people are allowed to meet outdoors. People are still not allowed to sleep at someone else's home, while indoor gatherings are limited to two people from different households.

UK covid-19 death toll surpasses 39,000

The UK's death toll for covid-19 has surpassed 39,000 - reaching a total of 39,045 as of Monday 01 June. The rise in the death toll came after 111 new virus-related deaths were confirmed on Monday afternoon. An additional 1,570 new cases were also reported, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases reported across the UK to 276,332. The UK has the fifth highest total after the US, Brazil, Russia, and Spain, but the second highest death toll worldwide.

Cyber crime surge reported amid lockdown

A surge in cyber crime has been reported in the UK amidst the coronavirus lockdown. According to reports, there has been a noticeable increase in illegal online activity by organised criminal gangs and fraudsters, with more than 600,000 reports of suspected scams made to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) over a five week period during lockdown. NCSC Chief Executive Ciaran Martin suggested that scammers and cyber criminals were taking advantage of the pandemic by exploiting the public's concern over the virus, with many of the online scams reported to the NCSC involving fake covid-19-related products.

Boris Johnson announces easing of coronavirus restrictions in the UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the further easing of coronavirus restrictions in the UK. In the daily government press briefing, Johnson said that from Monday, groups of up to six people will be allowed to gather in outdoor spaces while maintaining social distancing rules. Schools will also reopen to some year groups. Meanwhile, some non-essential retailers will be allowed to reopen. Johnson claimed that all five tests set by the government to further relax the restrictions have already been met. The government said that the rate of infection is currently set between 0.7 and 0.9. In the last 24 hours, 377 people have died of coronavirus in the UK, bringing the death toll to nearly 38,000.

Easyjet to face mass job cuts amid financial downturn

Easyjet has announced mass layoffs as the airline faces major financial loses caused by the fall in tourism. Reports revealed that the company plans to cut up to 30 percent of its entire workforce. The airline fears that demand levels similar to those of the pre-pandemic period would only return in 2023. Easyjet CEO Johan Lundgren said: “We are planning to reduce the size of our fleet and to optimize the network and our bases." Like Easyjet, other airlines in Europe have also announced mass job cuts while they renegotiate rescue plans with lenders and governments.

A further 412 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed in the UK

The Department of Health has confirmed that a further 412 coronavirus-related deaths were confirmed in the UK. With the number of deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the UK total death toll has already reached more than 37,000. Confirmed cases of coronavirus have surpassed 117,000. The government has recently announced that a track and trace system will be introduced in England from Thursday. A trial of the system has already been rolled out on the Isle of Wight.

Dozens detained in France and Belgium for links to Essex lorry deaths

The French authorities have confirmed that 26 people have been arrested in France and Belgium in connection to the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants near London. The incident happened back in October last year, when a refrigerated lorry transporting migrants was found abandoned at an industrial estate in Essex. The arrests were made in a joint investigation involving Eurojust and EUROPOL.

Local lockdowns to be used to suppress covid-19 flare-ups

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has stated that local lockdowns will be introduced as a measure to tackle regional outbreaks of coronavirus in England. The restrictions would be used in areas with "flare-ups" and will be part of the test, track, and trace system. A timeframe for the new measure has not yet been given. It's understood the Joint Biosecurity Centre will monitor changes in infection rates at a local level using testing, environmental, and workplace data and advise chief medical officers accordingly. Areas identified as having a high rate of infection will likely see schools, businesses, and workplaces close. A similar idea has been executed in France, where recently reopened schools have been subject to closure again if new coronavirus cases emerge in the community. Overall, 265,227 cases of coronavirus have been reported across the UK, including 37,048 deaths.

Covid-19 death toll rises by 134

The UK-wide death toll for covid-19 has risen to 37,048, after an additional 134 new virus-related deaths were registered over the past 24 hours. The latest figures have been released by the Department of Health and Social Care as of Tuesday afternoon. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases recorded has also gone up to 265,227, following a daily increase of 4,043. Currently, the UK has the fifth highest total number of virus cases worldwide, and the second highest death toll.

Junior minister quits over Dominic Cummings' lockdown actions

Junior minister Douglas Ross has announced his resignation today over a controversial lockdown trip made by the PM's Chief Adviser Dominic Cummings. According to preliminary reports, Ross resigned on Tuesday, stating that Cummings' view on lockdown guidance was not shared by the majority. Cummings' has come under fire in recent days after it was revealed he made a 260-mile journey from his London home to his parents' estate in County Durham during the peak of the coronavirus lockdown in March. Many have claimed the trip went directly against his own government's advice. Despite calls for Cummings' resignation, PM Boris Johnson has come out in support of his Chief Adviser, saying he believed he acted "responsibly, legally and with integrity".

UK arrivals to be subject to 14-day quarantine

People arriving in the UK will be forced to enter a 14-day quarantine as the government announced plans to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Home Secretary Priti Patel said that the measures will be introduced from 8 June, adding that anyone who violates quarantine orders could face steep fines. Exceptions will include travellers from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. It is still unclear when the so-called 'air bridges' will be introduced. Airlines and airport operators slammed the decision as they claim that the quarantine would continue to affect air travel to and from the UK. People arriving in the country will be required to fill in a form with details about where they will stay during the quarantine.

UK coronavirus death toll increases to 36,042

The number of confirmed coronavirus deaths reported in the UK has gone up to 36,042 as of Thursday 21 May. The increase to the death toll comes after an additional 338 new covid-19 deaths were registered over the past 24 hours. The overall number of confirmed cases has also risen to 250,908, following a daily increase of 2,615. Some 128,340 coronavirus tests were also carried out on Wednesday - it's estimated that somewhere around 3,090,566 tests have been carried out in the UK since the outbreak began.

Scotland to lift lockdown restrictions next week

Lockdown restrictions in Scotland are likely to be lifted from next week, according to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The restrictions look set to be relaxed slightly from 28 May, with the first phase expected to include allowing people to meet with others from another household outside. The four-phase plan aims to restart society whilst still prioritising the suppression of covid-19. Garden centres and recycling facilities will be allowed to open and some outdoor sporting activities, such as golf and tennis, will also be allowed again, along with outdoor work including forestry and agriculture. Social distancing rules will still apply and schools will not be reopening until the new school year begins on 11 August.

Peterborough hospital on lockdown following reports of violence

Peterborough City Hospital has reportedly been placed on lockdown following reports of violence in the city on Thursday morning. A Cambridgeshire police spokesperson has confirmed that a police presence has been dispatched to the hospital in connection to an incident which occurred on Welland Road at 10:30 local time. Unconfirmed reports on social media suggest the hospital may have now reopened.  

Anti-malarial drug trials launched in covid-19 effort

Trials on whether two anti-malarial drugs could be used to help prevent covid-19 infection have been launched in the UK. The trials are taking place in Oxford and Brighton. Meanwhile, the NHS Confederation has warned that the UK is running out of time to finalise a track and trace strategy which would help avoid a potential second surge in cases. The UK has recorded a total of 248,293 confirmed covid-19 cases, including 35,704 deaths. Globally, over five million cases have been detected and almost 330,000 have died. On Thursday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that it had recorded its largest daily increase in global cases, with 106,000 reported over the last 24 hours.

UK records 363 new coronavirus deaths

The UK government has confirmed that 363 coronavirus deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. According to official data, the number of cases has neared 249,000. In the government press briefing, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden sais that the number of people in hospital with coronavirus has fallen bellow 10,000. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had already announced that the government will launch a contact tracing system in England from early June. 

Fatal shooting reported in north London

0A fatal shooting incident has been reported in north London. A person was allegedly shot dead during an incident on Monday evening at around 20:20 local time in the Wiltshire Gardens area, near Finsbury Park in the borough of Haringey. According to reports, the incident is believed to have been a case of mistaken identity. No suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made thus far as investigations continue.

Coronavirus deaths in the UK hit 35,000

Coronavirus deaths in the UK have surpassed 35,000 after 545 fatalities were confirmed on Tuesday. According to the Department of Health and Social Care, the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK has reached 35,341 while the number of cases is almost 250,000 after more than 2,400 new cases were confirmed. Despite some daily variation, on average the number of deaths in the UK is decreasing.

EasyJet hit by cyber attack

The budget airline, easyJet, has reportedly been hit by a cyber attack. According to reports from Bloomberg, the airline was targeted in a highly sophisticated attack, during which it's believed hackers obtained access to the email addresses and travel details of around nine million easyJet customers, including the credit card details of 2,208 passengers. The airline says it has since blocked the unauthorized access and has apologised to customers for the breach. The airline has already contacted those whose payment details were compromised, and the rest of all customers affected will be contacted over the next few days. The Information Commissioner’s Office, the data regulator, reportedly advised easyJet to contact everyone affected due to an increased risk of phishing fraud, especially amid the current coronavirus lockdown.

Lowest daily coronavirus death toll recorded in two months

The UK has recorded its lowest daily death toll increase in two months with just 170 new virus-related deaths registered over the weekend. The daily increase is the lowest recorded since 24 March - the day after the national lockdown was introduced. Spain and Italy have also recorded their lowest daily death tolls since March, with 87 reported in Spain and 145 reported in Italy on Sunday. The figures are a good indication that the three countries - among the worst-affected in the world - are past the peak of the outbreak. Overall, the UK has recorded close to 243,700 coronavirus cases and almost 34,700 deaths.

PHE approves coronavirus antibody test

Public Health England (PHE) has approved a coronavirus antibody test developed by the Swiss-based Roche. The company said that if someone had been infected, it gave the correct result 100 percent of the time. Health Minister Edward Argar said that the initial phase of distribution of the test will be to health care workers and social carers. It is still unclear when tests will start. The same test has already been approved in the EU and the US. Currently, the government is using the so-called 'swab tests' which assess if a person currently has the virus, whereas the new test will diagnose if the person has had the virus in the past.

UK coronavirus figures increase by 428 deaths

The UK-wide coronavirus figures have gone up following the latest daily increase. The Department of Health and Social Care released the latest totals on Thursday, showing an increase of 428 in the death toll, while an additional 3,446 new cases of infection have also been recorded. The death toll now stands at 33,614 and the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 233,151. The UK currently has the second highest global death toll and the fourth highest total number of cases after the US, Spain and Russia.

Scotland's covid-19 death toll surpasses 2,000

The death toll for coronavirus in Scotland has now passed the 2,000-mark after 34 newly confirmed virus-related fatalities were registered over the last 24 hours - bringing the total number of deaths in Scotland to 2,007. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Thursday during her daily briefing that some 14,117 people have tested positive for the virus overall, up by 188 from 13,929 the day before. At least 71 patients remain in intensive care.

Fatal stabbing reported in London

A fatal stabbing incident has been reported in London, leaving at least one person dead. According to reports, the incident happened on Wednesday afternoon at around 17:30 local time on Great Dover Street in the Southwark area. The police were called to the scene to respond to reports of males fighting and found the a 19-year-old male victim with fatal stabbed wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other males and a female have been arrested in connection with the incident.

UK coronavirus death toll increases by 494

The UK's coronavirus death toll has risen to 33,186 after an additional 494 new fatal virus-related cases were registered over the past 24 hours across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The latest figures also show that the total number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK has risen to 229,705 following an increase of 3,242.

Supreme Court overturns Gerry Adams' convictions

The UK Supreme Court has overturned two convictions of Gerry Adams, the former leader of Northern Ireland's Sinn Fein. Adams was convicted twice back in 1975 for attempting to escape the Maze prison in Belfast. The court ruled that Adams was unlawfully detained as part of the British counter-insurgency campaign during the Troubles. The court said that Adams' detention order was signed by a lower-level minister and not by a minister part of the secretary of state at the time. The ruling adds that it "further follows that he was wrongfully convicted of the offences of attempting to escape from lawful custody and his convictions for those offences must be quashed.” Although often being associated with the Irish Revolutionary Army (IRA), Adams never claimed to be a member of the group. He led Sinn Fein in 1983 and stood down from the party two years ago.

UK coronavirus death toll reaches 32,692

Coronavirus deaths in the UK have reached 32,692 after 627 new fatalities were confirmed in the last 24 hours. According to the health ministry 3,403 new cases were confirmed nationwide. Recent data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) claims that the number of deaths in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland could be as high as 40,000. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has laid out a 60-page document on easing some restrictions in the UK. The government has also set out plans to introduce a quarantine on people entering the country, although passengers from the British Isles, France and Ireland will be exempt.

Railway staff dies of coronavirus after being spat at whilst working

A 47-year-old rail worker who was spat at whilst working at London's Victoria Station has died after contracting the coronavirus. The Guardian reported that Belly Mujinga was working in March when a member of the public deliberately coughed and spat at her and another worker. The member of the public reportedly claimed to have the coronavirus and both rail workers fell ill with the virus just days later. According to the TSSA union, Mujinga already had an underlying respiratory condition and succumbed to the coronavirus in early-April. Some workers' unions have raised concerns over the health and safety of frontline and key workers. The British Transport Police has launched an investigation into Mujinga's death.

UK covid-19 death toll rises to 32,065

The UK's coronavirus death toll has now risen to 32,065 after an additional 210 virus-related deaths were confirmed in the past 24 hours. Some 3,877 new cases of infection have also been confirmed, taking the national total to 223,060. The latest figures were released by the Department of Health and Social Care on Monday afternoon. The government has carried out 100,490 tests over the past 24 hours - the first time the 100,000 testing target has been hit since 01 May. Earlier this month, PM Boris Johnson set a new testing target of 200,000 per day by the end of May.

PM unveils conditional plan to ease lockdown

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled a conditional plan to gradually ease coronavirus lockdown measures in England. The cautious easing of some restrictions is due to get underway this week, but only if outbreak data continues to support the implementation of the three-stage plan. The first phase will be introduced on Wednesday, with those who can't work from home, including those in manufacturing and construction, actively encouraged to get back to work, but avoid public transport. Unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise will be allowed and two people from different households will also be allowed to meet outside, staying two metres apart. A second phase could be brought in as early as 01 June, which would see a phased reopening of shops and primary schools. A third step could see some hospitality businesses and public places reopen. A 50-page guidance document is due to be published by the government and Johnson is set to give a statement to Parliament later today with more information on the new Covid-19 alert system, among other things. Meanwhile, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales have chosen to continue to advise people to stay at home. The UK has reported an overall total of 219,183 confirmed covid-19 cases and almost 32,000 deaths.

Government to consider easing some lockdown restrictions

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that the government is set to consider easing some coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England from Monday. While the lockdown is largely expected to stay in place, restrictions may be lifted on low risk activities, including outdoor exercise, and potentially some moderate risk activities - such as non-essential shops re-opening, or allowing occasional gatherings with others from outside their households, with social distancing measures observed. It's unlikely the government's advice to work from home will be lifted, and schools are also expected to remain closed for the time being, along with all entertainment venues, such as pubs, cafes, hotels, cinemas, and leisure centres. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland retain the power to diverge from what Westminster decides and could lift restrictions at a different rate. Johnson is due to review the lockdown with his cabinet later today and will address the nation on Sunday to outline plans for the next stage of lockdown. As of Thursday morning, the UK has reported a total of 201,101 confirmed coronavirus cases and 30,076 deaths.

Heathrow to trial new health checks

Heathrow Airport is expected to trial new health checks for screening passengers - most notably a temperature-check system for people departing for countries where this type of check is a requirement. The airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye called for a common international standard to be agreed for health screening at airports, which would more quickly enable the airport to increase operations safely and as quick as possible - otherwise further front-line airport staff could be made redundant, with a third of management roles already cut. 

'Three-stage plan' to ease lockdown drafted

The UK government has reportedly drawn up a 'three-stage plan' to easing the coronavirus lockdown. The government is due to review lockdown measures by Thursday and is widely expected to announce some form of continuation or extension of the lockdown whilst also laying out a plan for an exit strategy for when the rate of infection falls to a sufficient degree. PM Boris Johnson has been vocal in expressing his concern of triggering a second spike in cases by lifting lockdown measures prematurely. According to reports, the first proposed phase of easing the lockdown would see small shops reopening as well as outdoor workplaces. The second phase could include large shopping centres reopening and encouraging more people to return to work. Entertainment venues such as pubs, hotels, cafes, and leisure centres would almost certainly be among the last to re-open. So far, the UK has recorded 194,990 coronavirus cases and 29,427 deaths - now the highest death toll in Europe and the second highest in the world after the US.

UK coronavirus death toll becomes the highest in Europe

The UK coronavirus death toll has become the highest in Europe after 693 people died of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK has surpassed Italy and Spain in the number of coronavirus deaths. The UK has recorded 29,427 deaths and over 194,000 cases. The number of deaths in the UK continues to increase ahead of the expiry of the current lockdown on Thursday. The UK government has set a target to carry out 100,000 tests a day, but Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that 89,000 people were tested on Monday.

Fatal stabbing reported in Maidstone

A fatal stabbing incident has been reported in Maidstone. The police were allegedly called out to respond to reports of a disturbance at a residential property on Cambridge Crescent on Monday evening. Upon arrival at the scene, the police made two arrests, while a third person was confirmed dead. The two men who were arrested at the scene are believed to have known the male victim. A murder investigation has been launched and remains ongoing.

UK coronavirus death toll reaches 28,734

UK coronavirus deaths have reached 28,734 after 288 deaths were confirmed on Monday. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that the actual number of deaths could be lower due to delays on previous tests. In the daily government press briefing, Hancock announced the launch of the tracing app in the Isle of Wight, where all residents will be required to download it. The government is laying out plans to exit the current lockdown, which will expire on Thursday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a series of five tests for easing the lockdown, which includes analysing the capacity of care for seriously ill coronavirus patients; a consistent fall in the number of deaths; the decrease of the rate of infection, known as the 'R' value; operational challenges and the availability of PPE; and finally, guarantees that relaxed measures will not lead to a second peak.

International Trade Minister resigns over intimidation row

Conservative MP Conor Burns, has resigned as Minister of State for International Trade amidst a scandal regarding an apparent attempt to intimidate a member of the public. According to reports, Burns threatened to use parliamentary privilege to coerce a member of the public into doing as he wished with regards to a debt dispute involving Burns' father. It's further alleged that Burns continued to make veiled threats and misleadingly implied he had the support of the House authorities whilst a committee investigation into his conduct was ongoing. The Committee on Standards said he had broken Commons rules and recommended he be suspended from Parliament for seven days. No 10 stated he will replaced as trade minister "in due course". Burns also serves as the Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West and is expected to continue to do so.

Thirteen arrested for violating lockdown in Liverpool

At least 13 arrests have been made and a further 11 people were also issued with fines by the police for violating lockdown measures in Liverpool. A group of about a dozen or so were apparently detained during the early hours of Sunday morning on suspicion of burglary at a property in Duke Street, where a party was being held. Another group of people were also apprehended by police separately whilst travelling 20 miles from Greater Manchester to a party in Wavertree. Two others were also stopped in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, after allegedly driving 17 miles from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, to buy a kebab. The driver also had no insurance.

UK's coronavirus death toll now third highest worldwide

The UK's coronavirus death toll has risen to become the world's third highest amidst the global pandemic. Some 765 new fatalities were registered yesterday, along with 4,076 cases - taking the country's respective totals up to 26,097 and 165,221. The UK's death toll surpassed those of Spain and France yesterday after community deaths in England were included in the UK-wide death toll for the first time.

Scotland's coronavirus death toll passes 2,200

The death toll for the coronavirus in Scotland has surpassed 2,200 following the confirmation of an additional 656 virus-related deaths - putting Scotland's death toll at 2,272. The increase takes into account deaths recorded in the week to 26 April and includes all cases where covid-19 has been listed on a death certificate as a potential cause - unlike daily increases, which only include laboratory tested cases. 

Coronavirus death toll rises to 21,678

The UK-wide coronavirus death toll has risen to 21,678 as of 17:00 local time on Tuesday 28 April. The latest daily increase saw the the UK's death toll go up by 586, while the total number of people infected with the virus has gone up by 3,996 to 161,145 confirmed cases. While the death toll daily increase has gone up from the day before, the overall trend for the UK continues to seen a decline, with the country experiencing a peak around 10 April.

Seventeen new covid-19 deaths in Wales, 546 in England

Seventeen new coronavirus deaths have been reported in Wales over the last 24 hours, taking the death toll there up to 813. Meanwhile, NHS England announced that 546 new coronavirus deaths have also been recorded in England, bringing the total number of confirmed covid-19 deaths in hospitals in England to 19,295. UK-wide figures will be released later today.

Coronavirus deaths in the UK reach 21,000

Coronavirus-related deaths in the UK have reached 21,092 after 360 new fatalities were confirmed in the last 24 hours. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that more than 157,000 cases have already been confirmed in the UK. Most of those deaths were confirmed in England - London, North East and Yorkshire, and the Midlands. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just recently returned to Downing Street after recovering from Covid-19. He said that the country is currently moving through the peak of infections and deaths. He added that people should remain vigilant and adhere to social distancing guidelines to avoid a second wave of infections.

Two children killed in stabbing incident in Ilford, East London

Police have responded to a violent stabbing incident in East London. BBC reported that a toddler and a three-year-old boy were stabbed to death in Ilford. Police headed to the scene on Sunday afternoon, where a 40-year-old man also sustained stab wounds. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the incident are. Ilford is located in the Redbridge Borough, where six fatal stabbings happened so far this year - since the start of the year, 21 incidents were reported in London.

UK coronavirus death toll up by 684

The UK-wide coronavirus death toll has now risen to 19,506 after some 684 new deaths were registered on Friday. The latest increase puts the country's death toll closer to the 20,000-mark - which is expected to be surpassed over the coming weekend. An additional 5,386 people have tested positive for covid-19, taking the national total at 143,464. The UK government recently launched a website allowing key workers and their households to book a test if they or a family member had symptoms; however, huge demand caused the website to close just hours after launching. Some 20,000 applications were made, including 15,000 tests booked at drive-through sites and 5,000 home testing kits. The website will reopen when new slots are available, with the capacity for home testing kits set to increase by 18,000 every day next week.

Coronavirus deaths rise by 616

The UK's death toll for coronavirus now sits at 18,738 after 616 new deaths were confirmed on Thursday. The daily increase is down from yesterday's rise of 759 deaths and the overall trend from UK figures indicate a gradual decline since a peak of 980 deaths on 10 April. An additional 4,583 new cases of infection have also been reported, taking the national total to 138,078 - the sixth highest in the world.

Scotland records 58 new covid-19 deaths

At least 58 new covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Scotland - taking the national death toll there up to 1,120. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the daily increase today and expressed her condolences to the families of coronavirus victims. UK-wide coronavirus figures will be released later today.

UK covid-19 death toll rises by 763

The UK-wide death toll for covid-19 has risen by 763 - taking the total to 18,100. An additional 4,451 people have also tested positive for the virus, bringing the total cases to 133,495. In England, the death toll rose by 665 to 16,272, while in Scotland the figure rose by 77 to 1,062. In Wales, an additional 15 new deaths has taken the death toll there to 624. Today's figures for Northern Ireland have yet to be released.

Suspected gunman detained in Chatham, Kent

Police have detained a gunman after an incident at a block of apartments in Chatham, Kent. Reuters reported that armed police officers and a search helicopter rushed to the scene at Dock Head Road on Wednesday morning after an armed man on his 30s was seen brandishing an alleged weapon at the building's top floor. According to the police, four fake firearms were recovered at the scene. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the incident are.

England's coronavirus death toll rises by 778

The coronavirus death toll in England has risen by 778 over the last 24 hours - taking the total number of hospital deaths recorded in England to 15,607. Meanwhile, Scotland's death toll has risen by 70 to 985 and Wales' has risen by 25 to 609. These figures do not include deaths which occur in the community or in care homes, with the updated UK-wide figures due to be released later today. As of Monday, almost 125,000 coronavirus cases and over 16,500 deaths have been recorded. Globally, more than 2.5 million people have caught the virus and over 171,000 have died.

Coronavirus death toll rises to 14,576

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has now risen to 14,576 confirmed fatalities. The rise comes following a daily increase of 847 new covid-19 deaths, which were all confirmed over the last 24 hours. Overall, 108,692 people have tested positive for the virus across the UK. Meanwhile, the UK government has hit out at claims from the opposition that plans for ending the current lockdown are "in limbo", instead asserting that five exit strategy criteria have been identified, which will need to be met before the government will consider lifting or relaxing social distancing measures.

London Mayor calls for compulsory use of face masks

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged the British government to impose measures that make it compulsory to wear face masks on public transport. Khan told the BBC: “In those circumstances where it is not possible for us to keep our social distance, think of public transport usage, think of when you’re in a shop, we should be using non-medical facial coverings like bandanas, like scarves, like reusable masks." The British government has extended lockdown measures for another three weeks. So far, more than 13,700 people have died of coronavirus in the UK.

UK coronavirus lockdown extended for another three weeks

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced that the coronavirus lockdown measures in the UK will be extended for another three weeks. Raab, who is deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has said that the current measures are being enforced under the guidance of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) - a panel comprised of scientific researchers from several fields of expertise that provide advice to the government. The social distancing measures come as the UK has not yet reported a manageable decrease in the number of cases. So far, 103,093 have tested positive for the virus, including more than 13,000 deaths.

UK coronavirus deaths rise by 861

The UK-wide coronavirus death toll has now risen by 861 confirmed fatalities, taking the national death toll to 13,729 - the fifth highest death toll in the world after the US, Italy, Spain, and France. The Department of Health and Social Care released the latest figures on Thursday afternoon, stating that 103,093 have tested positive for the virus so far. The majority of cases and deaths across the UK have been reported from England, where the death toll stands at 12,396. Elsewhere in the UK, 779 people have died from covid-19 in Scotland, 495 in Wales, and 158 in Northern Ireland.

Thirty-two new covid-19 deaths reported in Wales

Thirty-two new covid-19 deaths have been reported in Wales, taking the death toll there to 495. The latest figures have been confirmed by Public Health Wales and were released on Thursday. Updated UK-wide figures are expected to be released later today, when it's likely the total number of cases will increase past the 100,000-mark. As of Wednesday afternoon, at least some 98,476 cases had been confirmed, including 12,868 deaths. 

Eighty more coronavirus deaths confirmed in Scotland

Eighty more coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in Scotland, where the death toll has now risen to 779. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the latest daily increase on Thursday during a 'virtual' First Minister's Questions. Sturgeon stated that despite the increase, figures showed the lockdown measures were working, with Scottish health authorities noting that a slow down in the rate of increase was a sign the lockdown is having a positive impact.

Three-week lockdown extension to be announced

A three-week extension of the coronavirus lockdown is set to be announced later today, with government ministers expected to approve the measure in a emergency Cobra committee and cabinet meetings led by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Opposition party, Labour, support an extension but have called for the government to lay out an exit strategy. The government's position had, up until now, been that it was too early to make any changes to the lockdown. The UK's chief medical adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, stated that the country was probably close to approaching the peak of its epidemic; however, high fatality figures are expected to continue for a "short while" longer. Whitty also warned that there could also be a "bounce" in numbers soon, due to delays in reporting deaths over the Easter weekend. The UK has recorded at least 98,476 cases and 12,868 deaths.

Northern Ireland extends coronavirus restrictions for three weeks

Coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland will be extended until at least 5 May. First Minister Arlene Foster announced the decision on Wednesday. Similar measures have already been announced in neighbouring Ireland, while the current lockdown could also be extended elsewhere in Britain. Foster said: “We have decided restrictions will remain in place for another three weeks and we will review that coming up to that time". There have been nearly 2,000 coronavirus cases confirmed in Northern Ireland, including 134 deaths - the UK has reported nearly 13,000 deaths in total.

UK and EU agree on dates to negotiate post-Brexit agreement

The UK government and the European Union have agreed on three meetings to negotiate a post-Brexit deal. A joint statement has confirmed that the meetings will last for one week each. The first will take place next week on 20 April. Two others will follow on 11 May and 1 June. The UK left the EU on 31 January; however, negotiations are delayed due to the global coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus death toll rises by 761 as global cases hit 2 million

The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has risen to 12,868 after a further 761 new fatalities were confirmed over the last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in the UK currently stands at 98,476. In England, the death toll rose by 651 to 11,656, while in Scotland a total of 962 people have died. Sixty new deaths took the Welsh total to 463, and six more deaths were also reported in Northern Ireland, brining the death toll there to 140. Meanwhile, global cases have reached two million, while 128,000 have died.

Border Force officer dies from coronavirus

A UK Border Force officer has reportedly passed away after contracting the coronavirus. The officer worked at Heathrow London Airport and is reported to have died last week after falling ill with the virus. In response to the death, there have been calls for all officers to be equipped with protective personal equipment (PPE) - which has been in increasingly short supply amidst the pandemic. So far, at least 93,873 confirmed cases have been reported in the UK, including 12,107 deaths. Globally, more than two million people have caught the virus and almost 130,000 have died.

UK coronavirus lockdown could be extended until 7 May

The UK coronavirus lockdown is expected to be extended for at least three weeks as the number of deaths continues to increase. The Times has reported that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab - who is currently deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson - is set to announce the measure on Thursday. With the announcement, the current lockdown measures will be enforced until 7 May. According to Public Health England (PHE), as of 14 April, more than 93,000 cases have been confirmed in the UK, including more than 12,000 deaths - a large majority of them are confirmed in England.

Covid-19 death toll surpasses 12,000

The UK's coronavirus death toll has passed 12,000 following an increase of 778 on yesterday's figures. The total number of people who have tested positive for the covid-19 virus now stands at around 93,873. Meanwhile, at least 20 phone masts have been targeted across the UK in suspected arson attacks over Easter weekend. It's suspected the attacks may have been fuelled by conspiracy theories falsely claiming the 5G network has either caused or accelerated the spread of the virus through radiation. Similar incidents have also been reported in the Netherlands, Ireland, and Australia.

Covid-19 death toll up by 717

The death toll for covid-19 in the UK is up by 717 as of Monday, raising the death toll to 11,329, while the total number of infections currently sits at around 88,621 - making the UK the latest country to overtake China, where the virus first emerged. At least 13 care home residents in County Durham are understood to have died after showing signs of the virus, while a six-month-old baby is also being treated for virus symptoms in hospital. The UK is now in its fourth week of lockdown following an extension, and foreign secretary Dominic Raab stated that there are currently no plans to make changes to restriction measures this week, following speculation stricter measures could be brought in.

English coronavirus death toll up by 765

The coronavirus death toll in England has reportedly increased by 765 as of Thursday. It's understood that at least 140 occurred within the last 24 hours, while 568 occurred over the last week or so, while 57 were deaths from last month - the cause of which had not yet been confirmed until yesterday. The UK-wide daily figures have yet to be released, but currently more than 7,000 deaths and over 60,000 confirmed cases have been reported.

Covid-19 death tolls rise in Scotland and Wales

The coronavirus death tolls in Scotland and Wales have both risen following daily updates. In Scotland, 81 new fatalities have been reported - taking the total number of deaths in the country to 447. The total number of infections in Scotland has also risen to 4,957 following 392 new cases. In Wales, at least 41 new deaths have been confirmed, bringing the death toll there to 286. 

UK records highest coronavirus daily death toll increase

Yesterday the UK reported it's highest daily increase to the national coronavirus death toll after a total of 938 new fatalities were confirmed, taking the death toll to 7.097. Despite the concerning increase in deaths, the daily number of new cases of infection is not increasingly in as drastic a manner, giving hope that lockdown measures may be working. Government ministers are yet to decide on extending the UK 's lockdown, but a minimum of a two-week extension is widely expected, with Wales having already confirmed an extension there. PM Boris Johnson has spent a fifth day in hospital with coronavirus, where he remains in intensive care but is understood to be improving. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is due to chair an emergency Cobra meeting in Johnson's sted, while the public have been urged to resist the temptation of warmer weather and to stay at home over the coming Easter weekend.

England's coronavirus death toll rises by 828

England's coronavirus death toll has risen again following a daily increase of 828 fatalities - taking the total number of confirmed covid-19 deaths in hospitals in England to 6,483. Meanwhile, 33 new deaths have been reported in Wales, bringing the death toll there to 245 and five new deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland, raising their death toll to 78. At least 70 new fatalities have also been reported in Scotland - the highest daily rise there so far. Official UK-wide figures have yet to be calculated and released and the Department of Health.

Coronavirus lockdown to be extended in Wales

The lockdown measures which have been imposed across the UK are reportedly due to be extended in Wales. The three-week lockdown came into effect in England, Scotland, and Wales last month and is due to end on 14 April; however, recent reports indicate that the Welsh government has decided to take steps to extend the lockdown amid a continued increase in cases and deaths reported. Welsh housing minister stated on Wednesday that they "are definitely extending the lockdown - it will not be raised next Tuesday". London Mayor Sadiq Khan also implied lockdown measures could be extended in England, or at least London, where he said they are "nowhere near lifting the lockdown". So far, the UK has reported at least 55,242 coronavirus cases and 6,159 deaths.

Over 750 new coronavirus deaths confirmed

More than 750 new covid-19 deaths have been reported across the UK in the last 24 hours, including 74 new deaths in Scotland, 19 in Wales, and three in Northern Ireland. Overall, the death toll for the UK now stands at around 5,655, while more than 51,000 cases of infection have been reported.

Seventy-four new coronavirus deaths confirmed

At least 74 new coronavirus deaths have been reported in Scotland - taking the total death toll there up to 296. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the latest daily increase during a press conference on Tuesday. According to Sturgeon, the slightly higher than usual figure from the last 24 hours is in part down to underestimations from over the weekend, due to the National Records for Scotland no operating seven days a week. Across the UK, more than 51,600 people have contracted the virus and over 5,600 have died.

Prime Minister in intensive care due to coronavirus symptoms

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. Official reports confirm that he was admitted at St Thomas Hospital in London on Monday evening. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has taken charge of cabinet duties and will now lead the coronavirus response until the prime minister's return. Raab temporarily replaces Boris Johnson as he is the next in line due to his role as the first secretary of state. Raab will now have the challenging task of slowing down the coronavirus spread, which has already killed more than 5,000 people.

Coronavirus death toll rises

The coronavirus death toll has risen again after 439 new deaths were reported yesterday, along with 3,802 new cases of infection. The death toll now stands at 5,373, while at least 51,608 people have been infected with the virus, although this figure could be much higher as many mild cases are thought to have gone unreported. The Office for National Statistics recently released new figures for March, which have been altered to include deaths outside of hospitals.

PM Boris Johnson hospitalised for coronavirus tests, death toll rises

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been hospitalised for tests after testing positive for Covid-19 10 days ago. The measure is said to have been a "precautionary step" following advice from the PM's doctor. The news comes as the latest figures show that around 47,806 people have tested positive for the virus and at least 4,934 people have died. Elsewhere in the UK, Scotland's chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, was forced to resign yesterday following a scandal revolving around two recent trips she had made to her second home, going against government advice. The Queen also delivered a rare address to the nation on Sunday, in which she thanked people for following government guidelines to stay at home.

Almost 700 new coronavirus deaths reported

Almost 700 new coronavirus deaths have been reported in the UK. As of Friday afternoon, an additional 684 fatalities have brought the death toll to 3,605, while the number of confirmed cases of infection now stands at 38,168. An estimated 173,784 people have reportedly been tested for the virus so far. The Queen has suspended her royal duties and is to address the nation in a televised broadcast on Sunday. The address will be the fourth of her 68-year reign, excluding her annual Christmas Day message.

Coronavirus death toll rises to 2,921

The total number of people who have died from coronavirus in the UK has now risen to 2,921, following a daily increase of 569 new deaths since yesterday. Overall, some 163,194 people have been tested for the virus, with about 33,718 testing positive so far. The UK's Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to outline how the government aims to significantly increase testing capacity.

Coronavirus death toll rises to 2,352

The coronavirus death toll has now reached 2,352 across the UK after another 563 deaths were recorded over the last 24 hours. The latest figure is the biggest jump in deaths seen in the UK in a single 24-hour period so far. As of Wednesday morning, some 152,979 people have been tested for the virus in the UK, with at least 29,474 people testing positive for the virus - an increase of 4,324 from yesterday. Recent reports indicate that UK hospital doctors have warned they may have to limit their work over safety fears - with a lack of personal protective equipment being of particular concern.

BA to suspend its London Gatwick schedule

British Airways (BA) has announced that all flights departing from London Gatwick (LGW) will be suspended. The decision comes due to a fall in demand after several countries across Europe launched enhanced restrictions on international flights. BA is still operating flights from London Heathrow (LHR). The announcement comes a day after Easyjet announced that its entire fleet would be grounded. Both airlines are currently included on a list of airlines that will take part in a major government-backed repatriation of UK nationals, which is estimated to cost up to £75bn.

Almost 400 new coronavirus deaths reported across UK

Almost 400 new coronavirus deaths have been reported across the UK in the last 24 hours. Some 393 new fatalities have been confirmed - the biggest daily jump so far in the death toll, which now stands at 1,801. The daily figure includes 367 new deaths in England, 13 in Scotland, seven in Wales, and six in Northern Island.

Coronavirus deaths in Scotland reach 60

The number of coronavirus deaths reported in Scotland has now reached 60 after 13 new deaths were confirmed on Tuesday. An additional 430 new cases of infection have also been recorded, bringing the total number of cases in Scotlanf to 1,993. The figure is the highest daily ncrease in Scotland thus far; however, 108 of the latest cases were from a lab which had been unable to submit data over the weekend.

Coronavirus death toll rises to 1,408

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has risen to 22,141 after 2,619 new cases of infection were reported yesterday. The death toll in the UK has also risen to 1,408, following an increase of 180 over the last 24 hours. During a press briefing yesterday, UK health officials said the nationwide stay at home advice has been "making a difference". Meanwhile, British Airways has announced that it is suspending all flights from London Gatwick Airport.

Coronavirus figures rise over the weekend

The number of coronavirus cases has risen over the weekend to 19,522 confirmed cases of infection. On Sunday, 209 new deaths were also recorded, taking the national death toll in the UK up to 1,228. The highest daily increase in the death toll so far was reported on Saturday, when 260 new fatalities were confirmed. The UK's deputy chief medical officer recently warned that it could be six motnhs befpre the country "returns to normal". The UK currently remains in a three-week lockdown.

Coronavirus deaths rise to 759

Coronavirus deaths have now risen to 759 following the biggest daily jump in fatality figrues seen in the UK so far. The number increased from 578 to 759 after 181 new deaths were confirmed on Friday. Some 2,921 new cases have also been confirmed - taking the national total number of infections to 14,579. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have both come down with the virus.

UK health secretary tests positive for coronavirus

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has tested positive for coronavirus. Moments after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was also confirmed to have contracted the virus, Hancock said that he is suffering from mild symptoms. He added that he is currently working from home and self-isolating. Reports from the BBC also suggest that Brexit negotiator David Frost may also have developed suspected symptoms. 

Prime Minister tests positive for coronavirus

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus. Johnson is understood to have developed mild symptoms over the last 24 hours, inlcuding a temperature and a cough. He will now self-isolate in No 10 but will "continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus". According to reports, Johnson was tested at No 10 by NHS staff. There are currently more than 11,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, and at least 578 people have died.

Over 2,000 new coronavirus cases and 115 new deaths reported

More than 2,000 new daily cases of coronavirus have been reported in the UK in the last 24 hours, along with at least 115 new deaths. The latest figures were released on Thursday evening and showed that 2,129 new cases of infection had been recorded - the highest daily increase in the UK so far. The new daily fatalities also marked the first time more than 100 new deaths have been confirmed within a day. Among those is a 76-year-old doctor, Dr Habib Zaidi, who died whilst being treated for suspected coronavirus symptoms in intensive care at Southend Hospital.

Royal Navy shadows seven Russian warships around UK waters

The Royal Navy has said that they have shadowed seven Russian warships after intense levels of activity in the English Channel and the North Sea. In a statement, the military said that they recorded an unusual level of activity from those vessels. It added that NATO allies have assisted in the large-scale operation. The navy said that the Russian fleet contained three Steregushchiy-class corvettes, two Ropucha-class landing ships and two Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates.

Coronavirus death toll rises to 463

The death toll for the coronavirus has risen to at least 462 confirmed fatalities after 41 new cases were reported yesterday. The daily rise is less than half the increase from the day before. The number of infections has also risen, by about 1,452 - taking the national tally up from 8,077 to 9,529. Overall, around 97,000 people have been tested for the virus.

All commercial flights to be suspended at London City Airport

All commercial and private flights to and from London City Airport (LCY) are set to be suspended. In a statement, LCY said that the decision was based on the latest government's coronavirus advice. The measure will start to be implemented on Wednesday evening, 25 March, and is expected to last until the end of April. LCY becomes the first airport in London to suspend operations due to coronavirus outbreak. Although some airlines have cancelled most flights to London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted, all of those airports remain open for business.

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Charles has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus and is said to be displaying mild symptoms "but otherwise remains in good health". The prince is 71-years-old, putting him in a risk group, although he has no known underlying health conditions. The Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has also been tested but does not have the virus. Charles and Camilla are now self-isolating at Balmoral, where the prince is understood to have been working at home for the last few days. Due to the high number of engagements carried out by the prince over recent weeks, it's as of yet unclear from whom Charles caught the virus. Prince Charles is first in the line of succession to the throne.

UK may release some prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

The UK government is reportedly considering releasing some prisoners in England and Wales amid the coronavirus outbreak in a bid to ease pressures caused by the pandemic. The virus poses an "acute" risk in prisons, many of which are overcrowded and thousands of prison staff currently off work due to either sickness or self-isolation. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said that releasing some inmates in a controlled manner could help alleviate pressures. Inmates would be let out on a temporary licence, where prisoners are released for short periods following strict risk assessments. Other countries which are considering, or have already taken, similar measures include Australia, Ethiopia, and Iran. In other countries - such as Italy and Colombia, prisons have been hit by violent riots as inmates protest containment measures.

Parliament to vote on closure amid coronavirus outbreak

The UK parliament is expected to vote on whether or not to close as of Wednesday night amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, which has already killed at least 422 people across the UK, and infected some 8,077 others. MPs will apparently vote on whether to close Parliament later today, with the plan to return on 21 April. The closure would come into effect after emergency laws to deal with the outbreak have been passed and granted royal assent.

UK coronavirus death toll increases to 422

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has increased to 422 after more than 87 people were confirmed dead in the last 24 hours. The latest report published on Tuesday afternoon comes as measures for a nationwide lockdown came into force. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a televised speech to the nation that the new restrictions will be implemented for at least three weeks. According to the government, over 8,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK.

PM Johnson announces lockdown

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced strict new measures to tackle the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). The new measures, which have been imposed with immediate effect, order people to remain at home except for shopping for food and medicine, daily exercise and travelling to work which is deemed to be of critical importance. All shops selling non-essential goods have been shut and police have been given powers to enforce the new restrictions. "Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won't be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses," he said. On Monday the death toll in the UK reached 335.

Eight more coronavirus deaths reported

Eight more coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in the UK, raising the national death toll to at least 289 fatalities as of Monday afternoon. The total number of infected cases has also risen by 154 to 5,837. The Department of Health and Social Care are expected to release more up-to-date figures later this afternoon, meaning the death toll could rise further still. Over the weekend, the government introduced stricter measures in response to the outbreak, including advising those most at risk from the virus to stay home for 12 weeks. 

Girl stabbed to death in a park in Bolton

A seven-year-old girl has been stabbed to death in a park in Bolton. According to the police, the victim sustained serious injuries and succumbed to her wounds after being taken to the hospital. The incident happened on Sunday in Queen's Park, which is located near the city centre. Police have confirmed that a 30-year-old woman was arrested at the scene. The motive behind the incident is still unclear. Initial reports suggest that the woman was not known by the girl's family.

Boris Johnson announces further coronavirus measures

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced further measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the UK. As part of his daily press briefings on the pandemic, Boris Johnson told reporters on Friday that all pubs, restaurants, leisure centres, gyms and some other facilities will be immediately ordered to shut. The announcement came as Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a huge economic package for workers, including the payment of up to 80 percent of salaries for people of PAYE. There is still some further clarification to be announced towards other economic measures, especially towards the self-employed. More than 5,000 cases of the coronavirus have been so far confirmed in the UK, including 233 deaths.

Third Welsh coronavirus death and first arrest reported

A third coronavirus death has been reported in Wales, while the UK's first arrest related to the outbreak has also been reported. The recent fatality in Wales is understood to have been a 71-year-old patient with underlying health conditions. There are 170 confirmed cases in Wales, where schools are due to close today with the rest of the UK. Elsewhere, a man has been arrested for allegedly failing to self-isolate after arriving on the Isle of Man. Emergency legislation was recently passed requiring all new arrivals to quarantine for 14 days regardless of symptoms; however, the 26-year-old man refused to do so, resulting in his arrest and a potential fine of up to £10,000 or three months in prison.

Coronavirus death toll rises as more measures enforced

The death toll for the coronavirus in the UK has risen to 144 confirmed fatalities as of Thursday evening. Some 3,269 cases have been diagnosed in the UK; however, the actual figure is thought to be much higher due to those with mild symptoms not being tested. Among some of the latest measures to be brought in to combat the spread of the virus include: more than 65,000 recently retired doctors and nurses being asked to return to the NHS; government pledges to ensure all hospitals have enough protective gear and ventilators; a list of key workers whose children will still be able to attend school following the nationwide closure; an employment and wage subsidy package to protect jobs; a gradual reduction in train services from Monday; the suspension of Catholic and C of E church services.

Two paramilitary-style attacks reported in Northern Ireland

Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) has said that two paramilitary-style attacks have taken place in Derry and Ballymena. According to reports, the first attack happened on Wednesday in the Magowan Park in Derry's Creggan area. On the same day, another victim was targeted by five masked men on Casement Street in Ballymena, County Antrim. DS Peter Crothers said: “This was a vicious and brutal assault, which we are treating as a paramilitary-style attack at this time."

England coronavirus death toll rises to 128

The death toll in England for the coronavirus has risen to at least 128 confirmed fatalities after 29 new fatalities were recorded within the last 24 hours. All of the deceased are understood to have been aged between 47 and 96 years old and had underlying health conditions. Official figures for the wider UK are due to be announced later this afternoon; however, three new deaths have already been confirmed in Scotland and one death was reported in Northern Ireland earlier today.

Northern Ireland's first coronavirus death confirmed

The first fatal coronavirus case has been reported in Northern Ireland. The patient is understood to have been an elderly person who was being treated in a hospital in the greater Belfast area. According to reports, the patient is confirmed to have had an underlying health condition. Overall, the UK has now recorded at least 108 confirmed deaths - after three more deaths were also confirmed in Scotland.

French and UK coronavirus death tolls increase

Both the French and the UK's death tolls for the coronavirus went up within the last 24 hours. While 89 new deaths were confirmed in France, 34 new deaths were also confirmed in the UK - raising the respective totals to 264 and 104. A total of 2,626 cases of infection have been reported across the UK, amid speculation that the capital city of London could go on lockdown after PM Boris Johnson said he would "rule nothing out" in response to a potential shutdown. Some 40 London Underground stations have been closed amid the pandemic and school closures are due to come into effect from Friday.

Forty London Underground stations close over coronavirus

Forty London Underground stations are to be closed as the capital city attempts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The partial shutdown was announced on Thursday morning and will apply to various stations along the Bakerloo, Central, Circle, District, Jubille, Northern, Piccadilly, and Victoria lines. Transport for London (TfL) has advised people to check their website for full details and live updates. There will also be no night tube service and bus services will also be reduced.

Coronavirus deaths in the UK surpass 100

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has surpassed 100 after the government confirmed 33 new deaths in the past 24 hours. So far, 104 deaths have been confirmed for links to the coronavirus in the UK, while the number of cases continues to increase. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered all schools to shut down indefinitely in a fresh move to limit the spread of the disease through social contact. The measure has already been ordered in Wales and Scotland.

UK coronavirus figures increase by almost 700

The number of people infected with the coronavirus in the UK has risen by almost 700 over the last 24 hours. Cases rose from 1,950 to 2,626 on Wednesday, while some 53,595 people have been tested for the virus. Among the latest to be diagnosed with the virus is a prisoner at HMP Manchester. Thirteen other inmates and four members of prison staff have been put into isolation as a precaution. The death toll will be updated later today but currently stands at 71 confirmed fatalities. 

Scottish and Welsh schools to close

All schools in Scotland and Wales are due to close amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the UK. The measures were announced on Wednesday. In Wales, schools will be closed from Friday, effectively bringing forward the Easter holidays break which had been due to start on 06 April. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also announced that Schools in Scotland will close at the end of the week. The UK's Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is due to make a statement later today and is expected to announce similar measures for the English education system.

Manchester Arena bomber's brother found guilty

The Old Bailey has found Hashem Abedi, the brother of the Machester Arena bomber, guilty of 22 counts of murder. Abedi was detained back in 2017 in Libya just a day after the terrorist attack. The incident happened during a concert in May, where nearly 1,000 people were also injured. Abedi was accused of being one of the masterminds behind the plot. According to prosecutors, Abedi and his brother, Salman, spent months planning the attack. Both of them lived in Fallowfield, south of Manchester. Sentencing is set to start later this year, while a public inquiry will be opened in June.

More than 400 new coronavirus cases reported

More than 400 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the UK, raising the total to almost 2,000 confirmed cases of infection. As of Tuesday afternoon, 1,950 people have tested positive after 407 new cases were diagnosed in the last 24 hours - the biggest daily increase so far. The death toll currently stands at 56, although this is likely to increase as the latest confirmed number of deaths will be announced later today. The testing figures come as the Church of England suspends public worship in Britain.

British nationals to avoid non-essential travel abroad

British nationals have been advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad as the country continues to tackle the spread of the coronavirus. The travel restriction will remain in place for 30 days but may be extended subject to review. The measure is among some of the more extreme taken by the British authorities in recent days and is the first time the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against foreign travel anywhere in the world. British nationals currently abroad are not required to immediately return to the UK, except those in hard-hit countries. Advice could however change and commercial flights face the increasing risk of last-minute cancellations.

UK extends social distancing measures

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to avoid visiting bars, pubs and restaurants as the UK extends social distancing measures. The PM also called on people to work from home wherever possible and cancel all non-essential travel. People at high-risk from the coronavirus, including the over 70s and pregnant women, are advised to limit contact as much as possible. There have been more than 1,500 confirmed cases in the UK, while the death toll has risen to 53.

UK records 171 new coronavirus cases

The total number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the UK has risen to 1,543 after 171 new cases were confirmed on Tuesday. The death toll currently stands at 35 confirmed fatalities. Some 44,105 people have been tested for the virus overall; however, the government is not testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms, meaning many possible cases are not being diagnosed.

Protests against government coronavirus response

Protesters have gathered outside Downing Street in London to protest against the government response strategy to the coronavirus outbreak. The demonstrators are part of a group called Pause the System and wore face masks and protective suits as they called for the government to step up measures against the coronavirus.

Second British MP tests positive for coronavirus

A second British MP has tested positive for the coronavirus. Kate Osborne, Labour MP for Jarrow, confirmed her diagnosis on Monday, stating that she would continue to self-isolate until she has fully recovered. MP Nadine Dorries was the first British politician to test positive for the virus last week. A number of other MPs are also understood to have gone into precautionary self-isolation.

Coronavirus cases surpass 1,300

Over the weekend, the number of coronavirus cases reported in the UK has risen to 1,391, while 35 people have died. All the deceased patients are understood to have been over the age of 60 or to have been suffering from serious underlying health conditions. On Monday morning, the UK government announced it would give daily TV briefings to keep the public informed and updated. 

Coronavirus cases rise to 798

The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has risen to at least 798 after 208 new cases were diagnosed within the last 24 hours - marking the largest jump in cases in a single day thus far. The death toll currently stands at 10. The majority of cases have been reported in the London area and in the South East and South West regions.

Coronavirus death toll rises to 10

The death toll for the coronavirus in the UK has risen to 10 fatalities, after two more deaths were confirmed in the last 24 hours. An additional 140 new cases were also diagnosed, taking the national total number of infections to 596 - including 491 in England, 60 in Scotland, 20 in Northern Ireland, and 25 in Wales. The latest deaths are understood to have been an 89-year-old at Charing Cross Hospital in London and a woman in her 60s at Queen's Hospital in Romford - both had underlying health conditions. A total of 29,764 people have been tested for the virus in the UK so far. The UK government is expected to focus efforts on delaying the spread, rather than containing it, while Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, recently announced measures to ban mass gatherings of more than 500 people.

Four teenagers injured in multiple stabbings in east London

Four teenagers have been injured in a stabbing spree in east London. BBC reported that the incident happened on Wednesday evening in Walthamstow. In a communique, the Met Police confirmed that none of those taken to the hospital sustained life-threatening injuries. In 2019, teenage stabbings in London have reached the highest numbers since 2008.

Coronavirus cases increase to 456

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has risen from 373 to 456 after 83 new cases were confirmed - marking the biggest rise in a single day. The death toll currently stands at six. The Department of Health released the latest figures on Wednesday afternoon. So far, 27,020 people have been tested for the virus in the UK. NHS England has now announced plans to expand the number of people it can test in a day from 1,500 to 10,000, while confirmation of positive test results will be sped up with most receiving them within 24 hours. 

Fatal stabbing in Ilford nightclub

A fatal stabbing has occurred in a nightclub in Ilford, London. The deceased has been identified as a 24-year-old male who died after being attacked by an armed male inside a club on Ilford High Road. According to reports, the victim was treated for stab wounds by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and died several hours later. The police have detained the suspect, who is expected to face charges.

UK health minister confirmed as coronavirus case

A UK health minister has been confirmed to be among those diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK. Nadine Dorries is thought to have come down with the virus sometime within the last week but was only recently identified as a coronavirus patient. The 62-year-old stated in a Tweet that she hoped she was over the worst of it now but expressed concern for her 84-year-old mother who has been staying with her and began to display symptoms yesterday. Some 383 cases have been confirmed in the Uk, along with six deaths.

Sixth fatal coranvirus case reported

A sixth death from coronavirus has been reported in the UK. The patient is understood to have been a man in his early 80s who had underlying health conditions and was being treated at Watford General Hospital in Hertfordshire after testing positive for Covid-19. The latest fatality comes as figures rise from 319 to 373 confirmed cases of infection in the UK.

Fourth person in UK dies from coronavirus

A fourth person has reportedly died after contracting the coronavirus in the UK. The patient, aged in their seventies, was being treated at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital and had underlying health conditions. Currently, the UK has 319 confirmed cases of the virus - a rise of 46 since Sunday morning. The fourth coronavirus death comes as the UK government states it will remain in the "containment" stage of its response to the global outbreak following an emergency Cobra meeting, with measures to delay the spread of the virus, such as "social distancing", not being introduced yet, although the virus is expected to continue to spread in a significant way.

Coronavirus total rises to 319, three dead

As of Monday morning, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has risen from 278 to 319. Three people have died after being treated for the virus in hospitals in Reading, Milton Keynes, and Manchester - all three patients were over the age of 60 and had underlying health conditions. So far, 24,641 people have been tested for the virus across the UK.

Five new coronavirus cases in Scotland

Five new coronavirus cases have been reported in Scotland - raising the national total for Scotland to 23 confirmed cases and no deaths, while three deaths have been reported in England. The latest figures indicate 319 cases have been confirmed across the UK as of Monday morning. Following the UK Government's Cobra meeting and a meeting of the Scottish Government's Resilience Committee, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there is an "increasing inevitability" of an outbreak across the UK.

Teenager stabbed to death in south London

A 17-year-old boy has died after being stabbed in an incident in south London. The stabbing occurred on a London bus near Whitehorse Lane in South Norwood on Sunday evening at around 20:30 local time. According to reports, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics 40 minutes later. Local roads were briefly subject to road closures but have since been re-opened. An investigation has been launched, although no arrests have been made thus far.

Police kill knifeman in central London

A knifeman has been shot dead by armed police in central London. According to reports, the incident occurred in Westminster on Sunday evening at around 23:35 local time, when police apprehended a man "acting suspiciously". The suspect apparently pulled out two knives after being challenged by police officers, prompting them to respond with a taser and a firearm. The man was pronounced dead and no members of the public of police officers were injured in the incident, which is not being treated as terror-related.

Southampton hospital staff member tests positive for coronavirus

A member of staff at University Hospital Southampton has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. The patient is understood to be a healthcare professional who recently worked a nightshift in the surgical high dependency unit on Friday 06 March. They have now been placed in isolation at home and all patients and other staff members who came into contact with them have been informed and will also be isolated. The hospital also stated that the high dependency unit has since been closed to new admissions, while all other services continue to operate as normal.

Coronavirus cases reach 163

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has now reached 163, including 147 cases in England, 11 in Scotland, three in Northern Ireland, and two in Wales. The increase comes after 48 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours - the biggest jump seen in the UK in one day so far. More than 20,000 people have been tested for the virus and the country's first death linked to the outbreak was reported in Berkshire yesterday. The majority of the cases in England have been reported in London (29), the South East (24), the South West (22), and the North West (21).

BA staff test positive for coronavirus

Two staff members of airline British Airways (BA) have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. According to recent reports, BA have released a statement confirming that Public Health England had tested two staff members for the virus and both were diagnosed and have since been isolated and are recovering at home. Both staff members were based at Heathrow Airport as baggage handlers.

First coronavirus death reported

The first coronavirus patient has died in the UK. The deceased is understood to have been a patient in their 70s who suffered underlying health conditions, for which they had been in and out of hospital. The death was confirmed on Thursday at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. The woman had not been abroad recently and is thought to have contracted the virus locally, although this is still under investigation. In total, the UK has at least 115 confirmed cases of the virus.

Coronavirus figures rise to 115

The total number of people who have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in the UK has risen from 90 to 115. The Department of Health and Social Care released the latest figures on Thursday afternoon, adding that around 18,083 people have so far been tested for the virus in the UK, with 17,968 tests coming back negative. Details regarding the locations of confirmed coronavirus cases within the UK will be released tomorrow.

Three more coronavirus cases reported in Scotland

Three more coronavirus cases have been reported in Scotland, raising the national total to six, and the UK's total number of infections to 90. The patients are believed to be from the Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, and Grampian areas. All are said to be in good condition, are clinically well and receiving care in isolation.

Coronavirus cases jump to 85

The number of coronavirus cases reported in the UK has jumped to 85 after 32 new cases have been confirmed. The latest rise in figures comes shortly after England's chief medical officer stated that the UK was likely to see a 'significant' rise in cases over the next six weeks, including possible deaths. Of the latest cases, at least 29 have been linked to recent travel abroad, while three are understood to have contracted the virus locally. Investigations and contact tracing are underway.

Two new coronavirus cases confirmed in Scotland

Two new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Scotland, raising Scotland's total to three confirmed cases and the total number of infections in the UK to 53. Both cases were identified in the Tayside area of Airdrie; however, it could not yet be confirmed is the latest two cases were linked to the first coronavirus case in Scotland, which was also diagnosed in Tayside earlier this week.

Coronavirus cases rise to 51

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Uk has risen to 51 as of Tuesday morning. At least one of the recently diagnosed cases has been connected to Hilbre High School in Wirral, where it's believed a parent visited the school on Monday before being formally diagnosed. The school has closed as a precaution. The increase in cases comes after UK PM Boris Johnson announced the government's response to the outbreak - currently in its first stage of containment. Should the virus become widespread, non-urgent hospital care could be delayed to focus treatments, while recently retired medical personnel may be called back to work. Other possible measures include school closures, working from home, and reducing large-scale gatherings.

Coronavirus cases rise to 40

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has risen to 40 as of Monday 02 March. The four latest cases have all been linked to recent travel to Italy, which has seen the largest outbreak in Europe with almost 1,700 cases. The patients are from Hertfordshire, Devon, and Kent. Health officials are currently working to trace their contacts. Following an emergency Cobra meeting today, PM Boris Johnson stated that "We have agreed a plan so that if and when it starts to spread, as I'm afraid it looks likely it will, we are in a position to take the steps necessary to... contain the spread of the disease as far as awe can, and to protect the most vulnerable".

London school closes over coronavirus case

A secondary school in south-west London has closed for the week after a teacher tested positive for the coronavirus. Wimbledon College boys' school suspended classes after the teacher was diagnosed with the virus following their return from Italy. The teacher is understood not to have been in contact with pupils since the beginning of half term, on the morning of 25 February - before they travelled to Italy. The closure has been implemented as a precautionary measure due to other members of staff being classed as close contacts of the patient, requiring them to self-isolate for 14 days. The school will re-open on 10 March.

Scotland reports first coronavirus case

Scotland has reported its first confirmed case of the coronavirus after a patient tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend. The patient is understood to be a resident of the Tayside area and had recently travelled back from northern Italy. While the case is Scotland's first, there have now been 36 confirmed cases overall in the UK. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to chair a Cobra meeting later today to discuss the issue. A healthcare worker in Hertfordshire has also recently tested positive for the virus.

Three new coronavirus confirmed in the UK

Three new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the UK, raising the national total to 19. One case has been reported in Wales, while the other two were diagnosed in England. According to reports, the Welsh patient is from the Swansea area and is believed to have been infected in northern Italy before travelling to the UK. Both patients in England are thought to have contracted the virus whilst in Iran and are now being treated at a specialist centre at the Royal Free Hospital in London. 

Two new coronavirus cases confirmed

Two new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK. The patients are being treated at specialist NHS infection centres in Liverpool and London. According to reports, both cases have been linked to recent travel to Italy and Tenerife. Officials have warned that further cases are likely to emerge; however, the government has assured the public that the UK is prepared for all eventualities. No deaths have been reported in the UK thus far.

Chevron sends London workers home after suspected coronavirus case

US-based oil giant Chevron has sent more than 300 workers home after an employee showed some symptoms compatible with the coronavirus. As a precaution, the company ordered its workers at London's Canary Wharf home as tests on the suspected case are being carried out. According to the Financial Times, the employee had just returned from a country that has recorded a coronavirus outbreak. In total, 13 cases have been confirmed in the UK.

Thirteen coronavirus cases confirmed overall

Four recent coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the UK in recent days, raising the total number of people infected in the UK to 13. As of Tuesday 25 February, at least 6,795 people have been tested for the virus in the UK, of which 6,782 results have come back negative and 13 have been positive. The latest cases are all passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise liner, docked in Yokohama, Japan.

IS supporter admits to London bomb plot

A supporter of the Islamic State (IS) has reportedly admitted to plotting a bomb attack on St Paul's Cathedral in London. According to preliminary reports from the BBC, Safiyya Sahikh (born Michelle Ramsden), of Hayes, west London, planned to blow herself up in a suicide bomb attack. She was arrested in October 2019 and has admitted to preparing an act of terrorism by asking an undercover officer to supply bombs.

Man stabbed at a mosque in central London

A man has been stabbed at a mosque in London moments before the afternoon prayers. Sky News reported that the victim was taken to hospital after he was stabbed at the London Central Mosque in Regent's Park. A man has been detained at the scene, while it remains unclear what the circumstances behind the incident are.

Two killed in West Midlands stabbing

At least two people have been killed in a recent stabbing incident in the West Midlands. According to recent reports, the incident occurred at a residential property in Brierley Hill during the early hours of Thursday morning at around 03:30 local time. The police have responded to the scene on Pensnett Road, where two were found dead. The police officers also found the property was being used to farm cannabis plants illegally - potentially linking the deaths to drug criminals. A murder investigation is underway.

Delays reported due to blocked runway at Heathrow airport

Delays to flight operations have been reported due to a blocked runway at Londow Heathrow Airport. Reports on Wednesday morning indicate that aircraft blocking the runway have had an impact on departures, forcing the airport to temporarily suspend all take-offs until the issue is resolved. Unconfirmed reports sugegst the issue is on runway 27R. While no official comment has been issued by the airport regarding the incident, they have responded to travellers on Twitter, advising them to contact their airlines for the latest information regarding the status of flights.

Several towns evacuated due to rising water levels in Shropshire

Evacuation orders have been issued to several towns in Shropshire located along the River Severn due to risks of flash flooding. BBC reported that several areas in Ironbridge have been flooded due to rising water levels. Hundreds of flood warnings remain in place in the aftermath of Storm Dennis. In total, six severe flooding warnings remain in place in areas located around the Lugg, Severn and Wye rivers. Intense rainfall is forecast to persist for the next few days. For further information, people have been advised to follow alerts and recommendations from the Met Office and the Environment Agency.

Some flights cancelled due to IT glitch at London Heathrow

Some flights to and from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) could be affected due to a previous technical glitch reported on Sunday. Although LHR has already announced that the issue has been resolved, dozens of flights were cancelled on Monday morning. In a statement, LHR said that the "technical issue has now been resolved and Heathrow’s systems are returning to normal". It added that their "teams will continue to monitor our systems and be on hand to provide assistance to passengers as we work to resume our regular operations". Passengers are advised to check for flight status updates with their respective airlines. British Airways has said that most of their flights affected on Monday are on their UK and European routes.

Flood warnings remain following Storm Dennis

Flood warnings remain widespread across parts of England and Wales in the aftermath of Storm Dennis, which brought strong winds and heavy rain to much of the UK over the weekend. More than 300 flood warnings are still in place, including five severe warnings in England - meaning danger to life. Major incidents have been declared in south Wales and parts of England and significant widespread travel disruption has been reported. According to reports, the government has activated an emergency funding scheme for areas affected by the flooding, which include parts of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Worcestershire, and Herefordshire.

Passenger held at London Heathrow due to suspected coronavirus case

A passenger has been held at London Heathrow Airport due to suspicion of being infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus. The passenger was on board a United Airlines flight which departed from San Francisco. According to reports, the passenger was isolated at the back of the plane, while all other remaining passengers were allowed to disembark. In a statement, a United Airlines representative said: "Our team at London Heathrow Airport is providing assistance related to United flight 901 (San Francisco-London Heathrow) today, following reports of an individual becoming unwell on board. The safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority and we continue to work closely with local authorities." So far, nine cases have been confirmed in the UK.

Climate change protesters gather in Exeter

Climate change protesters have reportedly gathered for a demonstration in Exeter, Devon. Participants have congregated outside the County Hall on Topsham Road and along a number of major roads in the city centre, with the intention of blocking traffic. Some disruption should be expected on Topsham Road and throughout the surrounding area.

Weather alerts issued as Storm Dennis approaches the UK

Weather alerts have been issued across Britain and Northern Ireland as Storm Dennis is set to batter the country over the weekend. According to the Met Office, heavy rainfall and strong winds will affect most parts of the country, with the exception of some regions in north-eastern Scotland. Ambert alerts were issued to central Wales, northern England and some areas in Devon and Cornwall. Severe travel disruption may affect train services, roads and some flights. Power outages could also be reported in some regions, while large waves are expected to hit coastal areas. The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings to several locations across the country, especially in some counties across the Midlands. People are advised to follow Met Office updates.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson orders major cabinet reshuffle

Several ministers have been sacked after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a major reshuffle of his cabinet. Among those dismissed is the Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith, who leaves office just weeks after successfully brokering talks to restore the government in Belfast. Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, Housing Minister Esther McVey and Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers were also sacked. Meanwhile, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has announced his resignation, along with Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid. Other ministries, including transport and universities, also faced changes. Most of those being replaced were appointed to their posts last July when Boris Johnson replaced Thresa May as PM. Several junior ministers and under-secretaries are expected to be promoted to new positions within the cabinet. This is the most significant cabinet reshuffle since the Conservative victory in the last general election.

Ninth coronavirus case confirmed

A ninth case of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, has been confirmed in the UK. The patient is understood to be a woman who flew into London Heathrow Airport several days ago from China. She has since been transferred to Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in London, while officials work on tracing those who may have been in recent contact with the patient. According to reports, England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said the patient contracted the virus in China and sources said the woman developed symptoms after landing, called NHS 111 and later tested positive.

Stabbing incident reported in Manchester

Two people have been wounded in a recent stabbing incident in the northern English city of Manchester. The incident reportedly occurred on Tuesday on Russell Street in the Moss Side area, where an armed suspect allegedly attacked two others with a bladed weapon, leaving both injured. The police responded to the incident and have since made an arrest with the suspected perpetrator still in custody while inevstigations continue. The motive behind the attack has eyt to be determined.

Four tourists rescued after attempt to climb Ben Nevis

Four tourists have been rescued while attempting to climb Ben Nevis. Rescuers of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team (LMRT) managed to locate the men after they were caught out in a powerful blizzard. Reports indicate that they were not prepared nor equipped to climb the mountain at this time of the year. BBC reported that the men were visiting Scotland from abroad. LMRT reiterated that climbing Ben Nevis during the winter is extremely dangerous.

Man convicted of plotting terror attack against tourist sites in London

A 28-year-old man has been convicted of plotting attacks at London tourist sites. A jury at the Woolwich Crown Court in London has found Mohiussunnath Chowdhury guilty of terror offences. Chowdhury is accused of planning to attack several tourist sites and events in the capital. He was arrested in July after he confessed his plans to undercover police officers. Chowdhury had previously been charged with terror-related offences back in 2017.

Police arrest four men for involvement in Lyra McKee's murder

Police have detained four people accused of involved in the murder of journalist Lyra McKee. Reuters reported that the suspects - three of them in their 20s and a 52-year-old man - were arrested under the Terrorism Act in Londonderry. McKee was killed in a shooting last April during a riot in Londonderry. Members of the New IRA claimed responsibility for the attack. Her death has reignited the debate on dissident-related violence in Northern Ireland.

Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon reiterates calls for independence referendum

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has reiterated calls to launch an independence referendum. In a statement, she said: “We should agree a process between ourselves and the UK government for a referendum in line with the clear mandate given by the people of Scotland. We are taking in Scotland the steps required to ensure that a referendum can be held that is legal and legitimate so the result can be accepted and agreed both at home and internationally." Calls for independence intensified after the Scottish National Party (SNP) achieved strong results in the general elections held in December. Scotland's independence aspirations will continue a key subject on the UK political agenda after Brexit - in 2014, 55 percent of Scottish voters chose to remain in the EU.

Storm Ciara leaves one dead in Hampshire

A 58-year-old man has been confirmed dead on Monday morning after a tree fell on his car in Hampshire during Storm Ciara over the weekend. According to reports, the man had been driving along the A33 (Basingstoke Road) from Winchester to Micheldever when the accident occurred on Sunday afternoon. Although the worst of the storm has passed, yellow weather warnings for snow, ice, and wind remain in place for much of the UK.

Four more coronavirus cases confirmed in UK

Four more coronavirus cases have apparently been confirmed in the UK, raising the total number of cases to eight. It's understood the four latest patients had all been in contact with a previously confirmed UK case, and that the virus was passed on in France. They have been transferred to specialist NHS centres at Guy's and St Thomas' and the Royal Free hospitals in London. One of the four cases has been identified as a staff member at a County Oak medical centre in Brighton, forcing the practice to temporarily close. The newest cases come as new measures are brought in to strengthen quarantine regulations. The measures were introduced in response to a passenger who was on the first UK evacuation flight from Wuhan - now being held in quarantine on the Wirral - threatened to abscond before the 14-day isolation period was up. The second and last evacuation flight from Wuhan arrived in Britain on Sunday, with 200 British and foreign nationals transferred to a Milton Keynes conference centre for 14 days of quarantine.

Storm Ciara causes disruption across UK

Storm Ciara has caused widespread travel disruption across the UK after battering much of England, Scotland, and Wales over the weekend. The storm brought sever gales of up to 97mph and heavy rain which triggered flash floods in parts, impacting road transport and rail services, while power to more than 20,000 homes was cut off. More than 200 flood warnings remain in place across the country, along with yellow weather warnings for snow, ice, and wind. According to reports, some parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland could face up to 20cm of snow and potential blizzards.

Coronavirus deemed imminent public health threat

The UK government has declared coronavirus a "serious and imminent threat" to public health. The declaration came on friday morning, as new powers to fight the spread of the disease were also announced. At least four confirmed cases have been reported in the UK so far, while over 900 people have died globally - mostly in China, where the outbreak started. More than 40,000 cases have been reported worldwide. 

PSNI investigate explosive device found on HGV in Northern Ireland

Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) are currently investigating the discovery of a bomb attached to a lorry in County Armagh. In a statement, the PSNI confirmed that police officers were first notified last week of a bomb-laden vehicle in the docks of Belfast. Reports initially indicated that the lorry was among those that were set to cross the Irish Sea towards Scotland. PSNI said that they had failed to locate the device that day. After investigations, the vehicle was intercepted days later in the Silverwood Industrial Estate in Lurgan. Authorities accused dissident republicans of planting the device.

Violent riot breaks out in Belfast

A violent riot has reportedl broken out in Belfast, Northern Ireland, leaving at least one person injured. According to reports, the person was injured during an assault which took place amidst a riot in Victoria Parade on Wednesday evening. It's claimed that a large group of between 50 to 100 rioters then clashed with police officers after they tried to intervene to attend to the casualty, who had allegedly been set upon by three men. The cause behing the disorder remains unclear and the police have issued an appeal for information.

Third coronavirus case confirmed in UK

A third person has been diagnosed with the novel Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nVoC) in the UK. According to the BBC, the Department of Health has confirmed the case, stating that the patient is thought to have contracted the virus abroad, rather than locally. "The patient is being transferred to a specialist NHS centre, and we are using robust infection control measures to prevent any possible further spread of the virus", said chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty. Unconfirmed reports suggest the patient was diagnosed in the southern coastal town of Brighton and is being transferred to an infectious diseases unit in a London hospital. Two other patients are still being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary infectious diseases centre in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Scottish finance secretary resigns over teenage messaging scandal

Scotland's Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has resigned after being accused of messaging a teenage boy. A report published in The Scottish Sun accused Mackay of exchanging hundreds of messages with a 16-year-old on social media. It happened over a period of six months. The allegations emerged just a day before he was set to deliver the Scottish budget. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accepted his resignation and said that his behaviour “failed to meet the standards required”. Mackay said: “I have behaved foolishly and I am truly sorry. I apologize unreservedly to the individual involved and his family."

Twelve protesers arrested outside BP HQ in London

The London Metropolitan Police have reportedly detained at least 12 protesters in London. The protesters had gathered outside the headquarters of British Petroleum (BP) in St Jame's Square, forcing the HQ office to close following a demonstration which involved Greenpeace activists delivering 500 solar panels with a total area of over 800 square metres to the office during the early hours of Wednesday morning, although police prevented them from installing the panels. All six entrances to the site were also blocked by protesters who had chained themselves to dirty oil barrels, with around 50 activists obstructing the road outside the building. According to reports, the protest came on new BP CEO Bernard Looney's first day on the job. Protestors are demanding that BP ends its commitments to fossil fuel developments and instead switches to 100 percent renewable energy.

Several areas cordoned off over WWII ordnance discovery in Soho, London

Several streets in central London have been cordoned off after reports of the discovery of a World War Two ordnance. Soho Police have confirmed that police officers headed to the scene at 13:42 local time on Monday after a suspected WWII explosive was found at a building site near Dean Street. Police confirmed that several areas around Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road, Shaftesbury Avenue, Lexington Street and Poland Street were isolated. Evacuations in those areas are also expected to be ordered, while major disruption is likely to affect road travel and public transports throughout the evening. People have been advised to avoid the area.

Measures on terror offences to be strengthened in aftermath of London attack

Interior Minister Priti Patel has announced that the government is laying out plans to toughen security measures on terror offences. Patel told Reuters that “those measures will build upon the actions we have already put in place. It is right that these individuals are kept behind bars". The announcement comes after a terror-related stabbing incident in South London, where a 20-year-old man injured two people. The suspect has been identified as Sudesh Amman, who was just recently released from prison. He was first detained back in 2018 for the possession and dissemination of terrorist propaganda.

Man shot by police after stabbing attack in London

A man has been shot police after several people were stabbed in a 'terror-related incident' in London. The attack took place on Streatham High Road on Sunday afternoon. The emergency services are responding and police are advising people to avoid the area.

First coronavirus cases confirmed in UK

The first two confirmed cases of the novel Wuhan coronavirus have been reported in the UK. Both patients are members of the same family and are said to be receiving specialist NHS care in Newcastle. The patients can't be identified but it's believed they had been staying at a hotel in Yorkshire. Health officials are said to be working quickly to identify any contacts the patients had to prevent further spread. The cases have come as 83 British nationals and 27 foreign nationals are being flown to the UK from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus originated. The flight is due to land at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire at 13:30 local time on Friday 31 January. So far, 213 people have been killed and almost 10,000 cases of the virus have been reported.

EU lawmakers overwhelmingly approve Brexit deal

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have approved the Brexit deal. With 621 votes in favour and 49 against, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's withdrawal agreement, which will pave the way for the UK departure on Friday, was approved. After that, a transitional period will be implemented until the end of the year. During this time, the EU and the UK will engage in negotiations in an attempt to reach a trade agreement. EU leaders had already signed the agreement last week. It was also approved by the Queen and has already passed in a vote held in the Conservative-controlled House of Commons.

Two injured in three-vehicle crash near Poole

Two people have been injured following a three-vehicle crash near the coastal town of Poole in Dorset, England. The accident occurred during the early hours of Thursday morning at around 03:20 local time along the A35 Upton Bypass, where a bus collided with an ambulance and a police car. Both emergency vehicles were apparently stationary at the time of the crash. The incident has forced a closure of the major road, with westbound traffic diverted at the A350 junction via the A31 Roundhouse Roundabout and the A31 west to Bere Regis. The cause behind the crash remains under investigation.

Wuhan evacuation flight 'unable to take off'

A flight which was due to evacuate some 200 British nationals has been unable to take off as planned from Wuhan city, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak. According to reports, it's understood the relevant permissions needed from Chinese officials failed to come through in time for the flight's scheduled departure. The UK FCO stated that it is "working urgently" to organise a flight to the UK "as soon as possible". The evacuation had been expected to land at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Thursday morning, where passengers would then have been transferred to an NHS facility for health screening before being put in "supported isolation" for 14 days with "all necessary medical attention".

Evacuees from Wuhan to be quarantined

Hundreds of British citizens who are due to be evacuated from Wuhan in China and flown back to the UK will be quarantined for two weeks. Up to 300 British evacuees are expected to be flown back tomorrow, with the destination airport not yet confirmed, although preliminary reports suggest the plane from Wuhan could come into Stansted Airport in London. Passengers will be subject to health screening before boarding the flight, with the possibility of being quarantined on the Chinese end if they are showing symptoms.

BA suspends flights to and from mainland China

British Airways (BA) has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China amidst the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak. The airline's announcement comes after the UK FCO advised against all but essential travel to the country, where the virus has killed at least 132 as of Wednesday 29 January. The UK government is currently arranging to evacuate up to 300 Britons from Wuhan city, the epicentre of the outbreak, and the surrounding Hubei province - much of which has been subjected to travel lockdowns as the Chinese authorities effectively try to quarantine some 11m people. BA operates daily flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Heathrow and announced the suspension with immediate effect until 31 January while it assesses the situation. 

Teenager killed in stabbing incident in London

A 16-year-old has been killed in a fresh stabbing incident in London. According to the British Transport Police (BTS), the victim was attacked on the footbridge at East Croydon station. The Guardian reported that the attack happened after the victim crossed through Ruskin Square. The police are still investigating the incident. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said that security measures around East Croydon station have been reinforced.

Man injured in north London shooting

A man has reportedly been left injured following a shooting incident in north London. According to recent reports, the incident occurred over the weekend in the Wood Green area of Haringey, where the victim was apparently attacked by an unidentified assailant who was armed with a firearm. The incident occurred on Saturday evening at around 18:50 local time on High Road. The man was shot in the leg and has since been treated in hospital.

Counter-terrorism police arrest suspect in Bradford

A 38-year-old male suspect has reportedly been detained by counter-terrorism police in Bradford. The suspect was apprehended during a planned police operation near the intersection of Sutton Avenue and Swain House Road. A cordon has been established and will remain in place as police continue to attend the scene. The suspect has been arrested on suspicion of 'explosive offences' and has been taken to the police station for further questioning. Nearby residents have been asked to temporarily evacuate homes as a precaution while investigations continue.

EU leaders sign Brexit agreement

The European Parliament (EP) is set to vote on the Brexit agreement after EU leaders signed it on Friday. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the head of the European Council Charles Michel signed the Withdrawal Agreement that will consolidate the UK departure from the EU. The bill has already been approved by the Queen and has also passed in the House of Commons. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will sign the agreement on Friday, while the EP vote is scheduled for Wednesday. The UK is set to leave the EU on 31 January. After that, a transition period will be implemented until 31 December 2020 - which could be extended - as multiple negotiations on various sectors, especially trade, will take place between the EU and the UK.

Fourteen tested for Wuhan coronavirus

At least 14 people have been tested for the new strain of coronavirus in the UK. According to reports, five people have tested negative, while nine others are still waiting for results. Public Health England have confirmed that five people were tested in Scotland, where an incident response team has been established to deal with the health threat. Four of those five have been given the all clear, along with one person in Wales. Further details regarding where people are being tested have not been given yet, although it's believed one person has been treated for symptoms associated with the coronavirus in Belfast. All 14 patients had recently been in Wuhan - the Chinese city where the virus first broke out - within the last 14 days.

Patients in Scotland tested for coronavirus

Four patients in Scotland are said to be undergoing testing after showing possible symptoms of the new strain of coronavirus which has spread from Wuhan, China. The virus (aka 2019-nVoC) has killed at least 17 people so far and more than 600 cases have been reported - mostly from the Hubei province in China, of which Wuhan is the capital. All four patients had respiratory symptoms and had been in Wuhan within the last 14 days. Three of the patients are being treated in Edinburgh and the fourth is being treated in Glasgow. The spread of the virus is expected to increase as more people travel globally for Chinese New Year.

Heathrow Airport to install coronavirus precautionary measures

Heathrow Airport are due to install precautionary measures for in response to the outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus in China. All flights arriving into Heathrow from any region of China which has been affected by the outbreak will be directed to a separate arrival area. There are three direct flights a week between Heathrow and Wuhan, where the disease first spread, and the measure aims to prevent the virus from reaching the UK. Public Health England have raised the threat level from 'very low' to 'low' following news of a case confirmed in the US, while the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to declare an international public health emergency over the virus - as it did with Ebola and swine flu. So far, 17 people have died from the disease and hundreds more have been infected. Although most cases have been reported from Wuhan, the disease has spread to several other Asian countries, as well as the US.

Building fire triggers evacuations in Bath

A fire which has broken out in a block of flats has triggered evacuations in the city of Bath, Somerset. According to reports, firefighters were dispatched to Phoenix House in the Lansdown area and residents were evacuated from their properties late on Tuesday night at around 23:00 local time after a fire broke out in the building's basement. No casualties have been reported and the fire has since been extinguished, although the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Man killed in violent attack

A 33-year-old man has been killed following a violent attack which occurred earlier this week in the town of Blackwood in south Wales. The victim has been identified as local resident Shane Jones, who was taken to hospital on Tuesday with serious injuries after being attacked at around 22:00 local time at a property on Apollo Way. Jones later died from his injuries and the police launched a murder investigation, in which a suspect has since been detained. The suspect is thought to be a 32-year-old male, also from the local area. The motive behind the killing remains unclear as investigations continue.

Extinction Rebellion protesters block Shell HQ in Aberdeen

Extinction Rebellion climate change activists have blocked the entrances to Shell's headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. Protesters reportedly arrived at the HQ on Altens Farm Road at around 06:30 local time on Thursday morning and set up camp outside the premises. The stunt comes as part of a two-week campaign by Extinction Rebellion, targeting the fossil fuel industry. A statement from Shell insisted it was addressing its emissions and working to help customers reduce theirs. The protest at Shell HQ is expected to be followed by a small-scale march through Aberdeen city centre, starting at around 13:00 from the central train station before heading towards Union Street and the harbour. Some disruption should be anticipated in these areas.

Boris Johnson refuses to grant powers to new Scottish independence referendum

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected to transfer powers to stage a second Scottish independence referendum. Johnson said on social media that: "Today I have written to Nicola Sturgeon. The Scottish people voted decisively to keep our United Kingdom together, a result which both the Scottish and UK Governments committed to respect". He claimed that "another independence referendum would continue the political stagnation that Scotland has seen for the last decade (...)". Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's request came after the Scottish National Party (SNP) secured strong results in the last general election held in December. Scotland faced its first independence referendum in 2014. It was rejected by 55 percent of the voters. After the letter was published on Tuesday, Sturgeon said: "While today’s response is not surprising – indeed we anticipated it – it will not stand".

Yellow weather warning issued for Northern Ireland for Storm Brendan

A yellow weather warning has been issued for Northern Ireland by the Met Office for Storm Brendan. According to reports, the storm has hit the west coast of Ireland and is expected to bring "several hours of very dangerous weather". The yellow warning will be in place from 10:00 local time to midnight, with the storm due to make landfall early afternoon. Gusts of up to 75mph are expected along exposed coastal areas and higher ground. Travel disruption is likely and large storm surges may also be experienced along north-western coastal areas.

Sinn Fein agrees deal to restore NI government

Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald has said in a press conference that her party has agreed to support a deal to restore the Northern Irish government. The agreement achieved on Friday was backed by both the Irish and British governments and would end three years of political deadlock. The deal was agreed after nine months of negotiations. The government collapsed in 2017 after Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness resigned over a scandal surrounding the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. Since then, the government has been led by civil servants. Strike action, mainly involving the health sector, became common during this period.

UK secretary of state for NI publishes draft deal to restore government

A draft deal aimed at restoring the government in Northern Ireland has been published on Thursday. UK Secretary of State for NI, Julian Smith, told RTE: "I think we have a document, which hopefully for all of them, will make them think carefully about coming back in". Smith was joined in a press conference by Republic of Ireland's Deputy PM Simon Coveney. Reports indicate that Smith has requested the Robin Newton, the speaker of the NI Assembly, to convene party leaders on Friday to restore the government. Arlene Foster of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) suggested that the party could accept the deal, while Mary Lou McDonald of the Sinn Fein said that they will still assess it. Among the main points in the deal are the Irish Language Act and the so-called petition of concern. Northern Ireland's power-sharing government collapsed three years ago after the Sinn Fein pulled out of the executive.

Counter-terrorism police takes over assault case against prison officers in Cambridgeshire

The police counter-terrorism unit has taken over the investigation into a serious assault at the HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire. BBC reported that one of the two inmates involved in the incident has been jailed for terror offences. The Met Police has said that although handing over the investigations to counter-terrorism officers was considered appropriate, "we must stress that at this early stage of the investigation we are keeping an open mind with regards to any motives and enquiries to establish the full circumstances of the incident are ongoing." More than 400 prisoners are currently jailed at HMP Whitemoor.

Bus crash causes disruption near Heathrow

Travel disruption has been reported near Heathrow Airport after a bus crash occurred on a major road. The accident occurred on Wednesday morning, just inside the M25 at the intersection of the Colnbrook By-Pass and Stanwell Moor Road where a bus collided with a car. The accident has led to the closures of roads north-west of the airport, resulting in heavy traffic throughout the surrounding area. One man was injured in the crash and is said to be in a serious condition. The police have urged travellers to avoid the area and allow extra time for their journey.

Police cordon off area after chemical leak in West Thurrock, Essex

Police have set up an exclusion zone after a chemical leak in West Thurrock, Essex. BBC reported that a 100-metre exclusion zone was established after a leak at the International Chemical Group Limited facility on Stoneness Avenue. The incident happened on Monday afternoon, but the emergency services remained at the scene until Tuesday. Reports indicate that more than a dozen firefighters were taken to hospital for precautionary treatment. Latest reports from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service concluded that after an air quality assessment "there is no risk to public health". Emergency services will remain at the scene until later in the week to monitor any developments. Schools and other business will reopen as normal on Wednesday.

Teenager sentenced for plotting terrorist attack in Durham

A 17-year-old has been sentenced for plotting a terrorist attack in Durham. Reports show that the unnamed teenager was planning the attack between October 2017 and March 2018. He was detained in March 2019. Judge David Stockdale QC of the Manchester Crown Court said: "These are offences of the utmost seriousness." The teenager was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison after a six-week trial, which highlighted his allegiance to neo-Nazi ideology. He was also convicted for disseminating terror propaganda and other terror-related charges. Judge Stockdale confirmed that the teenager suffered "from an autistic spectrum disorder". He becomes the youngster person to be convicted of planning a terror attack in the UK.

Currency-exchange giant Travelex confirmed to be the target of cyber attack

Currency-exchange giant Travelex has confirmed that the company has been the target of a cyber attack. Travelex was targeted on New Years' Eve by a suspected virus that forced the company to shut down their websites and networks. Since then, operations at Travelex offices have been handled manually. BBC reported that a ransomware gang named Sodinokibi - aka REvil - is behind the attack. They demanded that the company pay $6m after they got hold of customers' data, including credit cards information, dates of birth and social security numbers. Hackers told the BBC: "In the case of payment, we will delete and will not use that base and restore them the entire network. The deadline for doubling the payment is two days. Then another seven days and the sale of the entire base." Reports indicate that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has not been notified of the suspect data breach.

Man killed in Newhaven stabbing

A man has been killed in an alleged stabbing incident in Newhaven. A murder investigation has been launched after police were called to respond to reports of a man being stabbed at a property on Elphick Road late on Monday night. Despite efforts by paramedics, the man passed away at the scene. A 16-year-old boy has apparently been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently being held in police custody ass investigations get underway. The road has been closed until further notice.

Seven Extinction Rebellion activists arrested in Dundee harbour

The police have arrested seven Extinction Rebellion activists at Dundee harbour, where they took part in an 'extended occupation' of a drilling rig. Three female protesters from Extinction Rebellion Scotland had reportedly climbed onto Valaris's Ensco 122 from the River Tay on Monday, climbing halfway up one of the rig's legs in an attempt to prevent it from leaving. The women came down five hours later due to adverse weather. The three woman were detained, along with four men who were also involved in the protest stunt. Extinction Rebellion Scotland said that the act was part of a series of "solidarity actions" due to take place over the next 10 days.

Man found dead in Carrickfergus

Police have launched murder investigations after the body of a man was discovered in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. According to reports, a man aged in his forties was found dead in the Woodburn area of Carrickfergus on Saturday night. Preliminary reports suggest the cause of death remains undetermined thus far, with a post-mortem examination due to take place. A police cordon was established around a block of six flats in the Woodburn estate on Sunday.

Travelex shuts down websites after suspected virus

Websites of the currency exchange giant Travelex have been taken off air due to a suspected software virus. Sky News reported that the attack was first identified on Wednesday and that systems were immediately shut down. Investigations are still ongoing. There have been no initial reports indicating that either staff or customers' data have been breached. Travelex has said that operations at their branches have been affected, forcing staff to manually carry out their duties.

Man killed in Sheffield stabbing

An 18-year-old man has reportedly been killed in a stabbing incident in Sheffield. The teen was found with stab wounds during the early hours of Wednesday morning but died later in hospital. It's believed the incident occurred on St Aidans Road in the Norfolk Park area of the city, where it's been reported that a fight broke out. Two 18-year-old men and a 20-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the incident and currently remain in police custody. A police presence remains in the area.

Stabbing incident reported in Hackney

A stabbing incident has been reported in Hackney, London, leaving at least two people injured. The incident reportedly occurred during the early hours of Sunday morning on 29 December at around 2:15 local time. The stabbing took place on Shoreditch High Street. According to local reports, the police have launched an investigation and have already made three arrests on connection with the case. The motive behind the incident remains undetermined, while the police have issued an appeal for video footage of the attack.

MPs support Boris Johnson's plans to leave the EU

MPs have supported Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans to leave the EU by 31 January. In a vote held in the House of Commons on Friday afternoon, 358 MPs supported the bill and 234 voted against it. The EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill went to the vote days after the Conservatives secured a massive 80-seat majority in the general election. The new bill will also dictate that no extension on the transition period will be allowed beyond the end of 2020. Parliament is expected to further analyse the bill in January before the current Brexit deadline.

Murder suspect detained in Reading

A murder suspect has been arrested by the police in Reading. An investigation was launched after a woman, in her sixties, was found dead at a property on Jubilee Road on Monday evening. According to reports, a 78-year-old man has been detained on suspicion of manslaughter and has since been released on bail, awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination - due to be carried out on Friday.

Nurses in Northern Ireland launch strike over pay dispute

More than 15,000 nurses across Northern Ireland have launched a strike over a long-standing pay dispute. Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Unison have taken part in the strike , which also came about due to patient safety issues. BBC reported that this is the first strike in more than 100 years carried out by the RCN. Initially, the strike is expected to last for 12 hours, while some other health professionals may continue striking for at least 24 hours. Some medical appointments in Northern Ireland have been cancelled, but emergency wards would remain open as normal. Compared with elsewhere in the UK, Northern Irelands has shown significantly poor results towards the performance of the National Health Service (NHS), especially regarding A&E.

Brexit bill to rule out transition period extension

A new clause is due to be added to the government's Brexit bill, which would rule out any extension to the transition period beyond the end of next year. The post-Brexit transition period is due to conclude in December 2020 and can currently be extended by mutual agreement for up to two years; however, an amended Withdrawal Agreement Bill would rule out any extension, which critics say increases the likelihood of leaving the EU without a trade deal. MPs are set to vote on PM Boris Johnson's Brexit deal on Friday.

MPs to vote on Brexit bill on Friday

MPs are expected to vote on PM Boris Johnson's Brexit bill on Friday. The UK is currently due to leave the EU on 31 January 2020 with or without a deal, but the vote on Friday would mean the process could start in Parliament before Christmas, giving the government just over a month to agree a Brexit deal. Johnson's Conservative party recently won the general election with an 80-seat majority, taking seats in areas traditionally held by Labour. Ahead of the vote on Friday, Johnson is expected to carry out a mini cabinet reshuffle, as he fills posts made vacant by those who stood down going into the general election. The Queen will formally open Parliament on Thursday when she sets out the government's legislative programme.

Teenager killed in Bristol stabbing

A 17-year-old boy has been killed in a stabbing incident in Bristol over the weekend. The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon just before 13:30 local time on Mansfield Street in Bedminster, Bristol. The victim was reportedly stabbed in the chest and later died in hospital. The police have launched a murder investigation and a 14-year-old boy has apparently been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

Deadly knife attack reported in Dagenham, East London

A deadly knife attack has been reported over the weekend in Dagenham, East London. The attack apparently occurred at a residential property on Marlborough Road on Saturday evening at around 22:00 local time. One male victim has been confirmed dead, having succumbed to his injuries at the scene, despite attempts by paramedics to resuscitate him. A woman was also seriously injured during the incident. Local reports indicate a 59-year-old male suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of murder.

Conservatives achieve massive victory in general election

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has won a massive victory in the UK's general election. Preliminary results show that the Conservatives have secured a majority of nearly 80 seats, while the Labour opposition suffered its worse defeat since 1935. Conservatives managed to secure support in traditional Labour strongholds, winning 47 seats from Labour when compared with the previous 2017 election. In total, Labour lost 59 seats, while the Liberal Democrats of Jo Swinson also had a poor showing. Swinson lost her seat to the Scottish National Party (SNP) by 149 votes. Meanwhile, the SNP secured strong results with 48 seats, potentially strengthening First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's leverage for a future independence referendum. Former coalition partner, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) won eight seats, two less than previously. With the consolidation of the Conservatives in the House of Commons, Boris Johson has already committed to taking the UK out of the EU by the end of January.

Several injured as bus fails to clear railway bridge in Swansea

At least eight people have been injured after a double-decker bus crashed into a bridge in Swansea. According to the South Wales Police, one person has sustained life-threatening injuries. The incident happened on Thursday morning in the northern area of the city. The First Cymru bus was operating a service between Swansea University Singleton Campus and Swansea Bay University Campus. The Guardian reported that a 63-year-old man has been detained at the scene. The accident happened when the bus failed to clear a railway bridge on Neath Road. Trains in the region were suspended but resumed operations a short time later. However, National Rail has said that cancellations and delays may still affect some services throughout the day. 

EU chief negotiator features in leaked recordings over Brexit timeframe

Leaked recordings featuring EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier show that Brexit could not be concluded until at least 2021. In a recording obtained by The Independent, Barnier is heard saying during a private meeting that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's timeframe to conclude Brexit is unrealistic. The recording reads: "With regards to this agreement, we will not get everything done in 11 months. We will do all we can – we won’t do it all." The leaked recording is published just a day before the UK general election, where the Conservative Party battles to secure a majority to push for Boris Johnson's Brexit deal.

Voters head to the polls in highly contested general election

Voters across the UK will head to the polls on Thursday to cast their ballots in a highly contested general election. In the second vote to be held since the EU referendum, the Conservative Party of Prime Minister Boris Johnson will attempt to secure a majority in the House of Commons in order to push through his Brexit deal. Some polls suggest that the Conservatives could secure a slim majority. However, preliminary polls also show that the Labourt Party could make significant gains despite losing some seats compared with the previous 2017 election. Meanwhile, Jo Swindon's Liberal Democrats, whose main platform is to scrap Brexit, could see a surge in support in some areas. While the Scottish National Party (SNP) campaigns to dethrone the Conservative government in Westminster, it also pushes for a second independence referendum. Similar to elsewhere in the UK, Brexit has dominated the political agenda in Northern Ireland. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will face a fierce battle with the Sinn Fein in some constituencies, namely North Belfast.

Liverpool Airport closed after plane comes off runway

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) is currently closed after a plane came off the runway on Wednesday morning. Officials said that no injuries were reported during the incident. LPL spokesman said: “We can confirm there was an incident at around 6 am this morning when a private jet with three crew and one passenger onboard came off the runway after landing". Delays and cancellations are expected to affect flights scheduled for Wednesday, while some flights are being diverted to Manchester. People are advised to check with their respective airlines for flight status updates.

Extinction Rebellion protest to take place at Heathrow

An Extinction Rebellion protest is scheduled to be held at Heathrow Airport on Sunday 08 December. The demonstration has been organised to protest the issue of climate change - something the airport has faced increasing criticism over from environmental activist groups in recent years. The Metropolitan Police expect the protest to be somewhat disruptive and have imposed pre-event conditions ahead of Sunday. There may also be some disruption to flight services.

Two found dead in Scottish cottage

Two people have been found dead in a cottage in Scotland. According to reports, the bodies were discovered on Thursday afternoon in one of the Mergie Holiday Cottages in the Rickarton area of Stonehaven. Police investigations have been launched and remain ongoing. Their cause of death remains undetermined thus far.

Man killed in Glasgow incident

A 42-year-old man has reportedly been killed in Glasgow following a violent incident. The man was apparently attacked on Lochend Road in the Easterhouse area on Tuesday afternoon. According to police reports, the man was found with serious injuries at the scene and was transferred by ambulance to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where he died. A 43-year-old male suspect has been arrested in connection with his death as investigations remain ongoing.

Woman injured in Exeter stabbing

A woman, aged in her twenties, has been injured in a stabbing incident in the city of Exeter in south-west England. The victim was reportedly found seriously injured at a property on Pennsylvania Road on Sunday evening. She was taken to hospital where she was treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries. The police have launched an investigation and have detained 22-year-old Conrad Karol Kurp on charges of attempted murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Rabbi injured in anti-Semitic attack in London

A rabbi has reportedly been injured after being attacked in London. According to reports, the assault occurred over the weekend near Amhurst Park, Stamford Hill. The rabbi had been visiting London from Israel to attend a wedding and was apparently left "bleeding and dazed" after two young men shouting anti-Semitic abuse attacked him. It's claimed the suspects punched the rabbi and threw him to the ground in an unprovoked attack, whilst shouting racial profanities, before passers by intervened. The police have confirmed that officers were dispatched to respond to an incident in the area and that investigations are underway to apprehend those responsible.

Child killed in hit-and-run outside Essex school

A 12-year-old boy has been killed in a hit-and-run incident outside a secondary school in Essex. The accident occurred on Monday afternoon, at around 15:20 local time, near Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex. At least five other people were also injured in the incident. The police have launched an investigation and have issued an appeal for information regarding the suspected vehicle. The driver reportedly sped away from the scene in the vehicle, which has been described as a silver Ford, which is likely to be dented following the incident.

Boy killed in hit-and-run outside school, Essex

A 12-year-old boy has been killed and five others wounded outside a secondary school in Essex. Police said the accident happened near the Debden Park High School in Loughton on Monday afternoon. A manhunt is underway to track down the assailant, while Helen Gascoyne, the school’s head, said the community is “devastated” by the death of one of its students.

Two confirmed dead following London Bridge attack

Two members of the public have been declared dead following a stabbing incident at London Bridge in central London. According to reports, the attacker was shot dead by police at the scene. The Met Police have declared it as a terrorist incident, although the motive behind the attack remains unclear as investigations get underway. Several others have also been injured. Police cordons remain in place throughout the surrounding area. 

Police responding to incident near London Bridge

The police are reportedly responding to a security incident near London Bridge in central London. The Metropolitan Police released a statement on Twitter on Friday afternoon, confirming police presence in the area as they respond to a stabbing incident which they described as "terror-related". Several people are thought to have been injured, while at least one male suspect has been shot dead by armed police officers. A police cordon remains in place around the bridge.

Man arrested on murder charges in Cambridge

A man has apparently been arrested on suspicion of murder in Cambridge. According to reports, police detained a 36-year-old male on Thursday in connection with a murder case. The investigation was launched after the emergency services were called out to respond to a violent incident at a property on Coleridge Road on Wednesday afternoon. A woman aged in her fifties was found severely injured and was treated by paramedics at the scene but died on the way to hospital. The arrest was made the following day and the suspect remains in police custody as investigations continue. The motive behind the murder remains unclear.

Two charged with kidnapping in south London

Two men have been arrested after a man was abducted in south London. Benjamin Oliveira, 36, and Aubin Wadman, 22, were charged with kidnap and possession of an imitation firearm. The victim was seized and forced into a van in Keston Road in the early hours of Monday morning. He called his wife during the attack, who then alerted the police.

Machete brawl breaks out outside cinema in Birmingham

A machete brawl has broken out outside a cinema in Birmingham over the weekend, prompting the cinema to pull a gang-themed film which has been linked to the violence. Fighting reportedly broke out on Saturday outside the Star City multiplex, where the police were called to reports of youths armed with machetes. At least seven police officers were injured in the brawl while five teenagers, including a 13-year-old girl, were arrested. Vue cinemas has now banned the film, Blue Story, from its 91 outlets across the UK and Ireland in response to the incident, while Showcase cinemas have also dropped the film.

BA flights could be affected due to technical glitch

British Airways flights could face severe delays after an overnight technical issue. BA has said that operations are expected to run as scheduled, but a knock-on effect could affect flights later on the day. The company added that passengers scheduled to fly on Thursday, 21 November, should check for flight status updates before heading to the airport. 

Man killed in Bournemouth stabbing

A 20-year-old man has been killed after being stabbed to death in Bournemouth. The stabbing reportedly occurred over the weekend on St Swithun's Road, just outside Bournemouth Pizza Co. The police were called to the scene on Saturday night at around 22:10 local time and the victim, Kai Archer, was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. An 18-year-old male, Jamie Higgs, has been charged with murder, while a 17-year-old was also detained on suspicion of affray, but has since been released. Higgs is thought to have known Archer, although the precise motive behind the incident remains unclear.

Fatal stabbing reported in east London

A fatal stabbing incident has been reported in east London. The incident allegedly happened overnight in Ilford, where the police were called to respond to a suspected stabbing around 22:20 local time on Tuesday evening. Local reports indicate the stabbing took place outside the Owen Waters House residential building on Fullwell Avenue, where a 19-year-old man was fatally stabbed amid an altercation. The victim was given first aid by police and paramedics but died at the scene. The police are investigating whether or not the stabbing was linked to a fire at some nearby garages at about the same time. No arrests have been made so far.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams file Supreme Court appeal over 1970s conviction

The former leader of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, has filed another attempt to overturn two criminal convictions dating back to the 1970s. In a new case filed at the UK Supreme Court, Adams claimed that his detention at the Long Kesh Internment Camp, also known as 'The Maze', was unlawful. His lawyers claim that Adams was the target of an illegal interim custody order that was not signed by Willie Whitelaw, the Northern Irish secretary of state at the time. Adams attempted to escape on two occasions. Last year, he lost the case in the Court of Appeal in Belfast. Justices are expected to release the ruling at a later date.

Man killed in Birmingham stabbing

A man in his twenties has been killed following a stabbing incident in Birmingham, West Midlands. According to reports, the man died after being attacked by a suspect armed with a knife on Lozells Street on Sunday afternoon. Paramdeics found the victim seriously injured at the scene of the crime; however, he passed away before arriving at hospital. The police have launched a murder investigation and have arrested a 27-year-old male suspect in connection with the killing. It's believed the suspect is thought to have been known to the victim, although the motive behind the stabbing still remains unclear.

Elderly woman dies in house fire

An 80-year-old woman has reportedly died in a house fire in Flintshire, north Wales. The fire broke out at a property in Prince William Gardens in Mancot over the weekend and was eventually extinguished by two crews from the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, which responded to an alert issued directly to them from a monitoring system installed at the property. According to reports, the woman was taken to hospital having suffered burns, where she succumbed to her injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

US President Trump to attend NATO summit in London

US President Donald Trump is set to visit the UK ahead of the general election. President Trump will head to London to attend the NATO summit scheduled to occur between 2 and 4 December. BBC reported that he is also expected to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace. The NATO summit will take place after French President Emmanuel Macron made controversial comments over the future of the military alliance. President Trump's visit to the UK also comes after he made public remarks on Prime Minister Boris Johson's Brexit deal with the EU and criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Hong Kong official targeted by protesters in London

A Hong Kong official has reportedly been targeted by protesters in London. Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng was apparently injured after being assaulted by protesters on Thursda at Bury Palace, near the British Museum in Holborn, central London. It's believed the altercation was inspired by the ongoing pro-democracy anti-government protest movement in Hong Kong, which had seen the territory become engulfed by violent unrest for the last six months. The London police are investigating the incident, although no arrests have been made so far.

UK will not nominate EU commissioner until after election

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the UK is not nominating a candidate for the EU Commission. A UK official told The Guardian that: “We have written to the EU to confirm that pre-election guidance states the UK should not normally make nominations for international appointments during this period". Germany's Ursula von der Leyen was recently elected as the new EU commissioner but her term is yet to start due to delays in nominations from several countries, including Romania, Hungary and France. The EU Commission is comprised of representatives of all 26 EU members. The UK is holding its general election on 12 December, weeks ahead of the current deadline to departure the EU.

Suspect IS militant detained at LHR after being deported by Turkey

A man suspected of links to the Islamic State (IS) has been detained at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). Reports indicate that the arrest was made after the Turkish government told UK authorities that they were deporting a British national linked with alleged involvement with the group in Syria. The detention of the unnamed suspect at LHR comes as Turkey has started the process of deporting foreign jihadists back to their respective countries.

Weather warnings issued in England and Wales

Various weather warnings for snow and rain have been issued across parts of England and Wales. Yellow rain warnings remain in effect across parts of the west midlands and south Wales, as well as across most of Nothinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. The Met Office has warned of heavy rainfall heightening the risk of flooding in some areas, while further rainfall in Doncaster is expected to further worsen flood conditions there, after heavy bouts of rain caused significant damage and disruption in Fishlake earlier this week, forcing hundreds to leave their homes.

Labour party targeted in large-scale cyberattack

The Labour party has suffered a large-scale cyberattack which targeted several of its online platforms. In a statement, a Labour spokeswoman said: “We have experienced a sophisticated and large-scale cyber-attack on Labour digital platforms. We took swift action and these attempts failed due to our robust security systems. The integrity of all our platforms was maintained and we are confident that no data breach occurred". Reports indicate that the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has already been notified of the incident. The Guardian reported that the party was possibly the target of a DDoS attack. The failed breach happens as major political parties across the UK officially launch their campaigns ahead of the general election in mid-December.

UK police identifiy all victims found dead inside lorry in Essex

UK police have identified all of the victims found dead inside a lorry in Essex, south-eastern England. After initial reports claiming that the victims were Chinese nationals, further investigations concluded that all of them were in fact from Vietnam. Among the victims are 10 teenagers, while the oldest victim was aged 44. AP reported that most of the victims came from the northern Vietnamese province of Nghe. Police have also confirmed that among the victims were 31 men and eight women. A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been charged with manslaughter and human trafficking conspiracy. Additional to the lorry driver, several people have been detained in the UK and Vietnam. Since the incident was reported last month, news outlets have widely reported the discovery of migrants on the back of lorries. The latest one was reported on Thursday, where 15 people were found on the back of a lorry in Wiltshire.

Police investigate fatal stabbing in west London

Police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a teenager in west London. The Guardian reported that the incident happened on Thursday afternoon at the Hillingdon Civic Centre in Uxbridge. The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. Another teenager was detained for his suspected involvement in the incident. Knife crime in London and across Britain has been on the rise in recent years. Between June 2018 and June 2019, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) recorded more than 44,000 knife offences in England and Wales.

Fatality confirmed amidst East Midlands floods

A fatality has been reported in the East Midlands in a flood-related incident. Heavy rainfall hit the area overnight, leading to flash floods across parts of the East Midlands region. Reports indicate that one person has been confirmed dead after they were swept away by floodwaters in the Darley Dale area of Rowsley. The adverse wet weather also had a significant impact on travel, causing severe train delays in Doncaster, while various areas were also evacuated.

Amber rain warning issued for parts of northern England

An amber rain warning has been issued for parts of northern England by the Met Office. The warning is in effect from 07:00 local time on Thursday 07 November, until 03:00 Friday 08 November, applying to parts of Great Manchester, South Yorkshire, and West Yorkshire. Areas located between Manchester, Sheffield, and Wakefield are expected to face a high risk of heavy rain causing flooding and general disruption, with possible power cuts. Yellow rain warnings have also been issued to large parts of the north-east, as well as parts of north Wales.

Train services at London Paddington severely affected after customer incident

Severe disruption is currently being reported on train services between London Paddington and Slough after a person was hit by a train on Wednesday afternoon. According to the National Rail, disruption between both stations and Heathrow Express services are expected to persist until at least 19:00 on Wednesday. GWR services from London Paddington to Reading, Cardiff, Swansea, Penzance, Bristol, Didcot, Oxford and Cheltenham are being severely affected. Transports for London Rail has confirmed that the customer incident happened at Hayes and Harlington. No further detail has been released.

Campaigning officially kicks off ahead of December's general election

Campaigning has officially kicked off on Wednesday ahead of the general election scheduled for 12 December. After political parties across the UK laid out their agendas, the five-week campaign has started after parliament was dissolved. The Conservative Party aims to push forward Prime Minister Boris Johnson's deal to leave the EU in order to focus on other priorities. Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has pledged for major change while pushing for affordable housing among other social policies. Jo Swindon's Liberal Democrats have united in a pro-remain platform to stop Brexit from happening. Meanwhile, Nigel Farage's Brexit Party has threatened to fight for every seat in the UK unless Boris Johnson scraps his previous deal to leave the EU.

Riot police tackle disorder in Leeds

Riot police were reportedly dispatched to parts of Leeds to tackle disorder on Bonfire Night. According to reports, police in riot gear were sent out to respond to groups of young people apparently throwing fireworks and setting bins on fire. A helicopter was also deployed in response to violence on Harehills Road, while high visibility police patrols continued into the night. West Yorkshire Police said that people had been hurling fireworks amongst other missiles, and that police vehicles were also damaged in the chaos. A number of arrests have been made, with police investigations ongoing. Several roads had to be closed while the police worked to contain the groups. No casualties have been reported.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle elected new Speaker

Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been elected as the new Speaker of the House of Commons, replacing the longstanding John Bercow, who stepped down this week following a decade in the role. Hoyle, a Labour MP, had been serving as deputy Speaker and won the final round of voting against Chris Bryant on Monday. The Speaker's role is to keep order during Commons debates and call MPs to speak. Speakers are required to be politically impartial and Hoyle promised to be a "neutral" Speaker, meaning he will have to resign from the Labour Party to carry out his role.

UK terrorism threat level downgraded to 'substantial'

The Home Office has said that the UK terrorism threat level has been downgraded from 'severe' to 'substantial'. Home Secretary Priti Patel has said in a statement that the threat level is under constant review and that an attack could still occur with little-to-no warning. The level has been downgraded after the security forces claimed that significant improvements had been made following a series of high-profile terror attacks in the UK in recent years, including the Manchester Arena bombing. This is the first time the threat level has been reduced to substantial since 2014. Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland, the terror threat level remains 'severe'.

Red flood warnings issued in South West England

Red flood warnings have been issued across parts of the South West region of England, where the Rivern Severn is thought to be at a high risk of bursting its banks. Dangerously high river levels were recorded on Friday, prompting flood alerts to be issued to various places situated along the Severn throughout Gloucestershire. The flood warnings apply to Abbots Court, Deerhurst; Apperley and The Leigh; Chaceley and Haw Bridge; and Severn Ham, Tewkesbury. 

MPs vote in favour of 12 December election

MPs have voted in favour of a general election, backing PM Boris Johnson's call for an election on 12 December. The vote was won in the House of Commons by a margin of 438 votes to 20 on Tuesday, but the bill still needs to be approved in the House of Lords before it can become law. If the Lords approve the bill, it could become law by the end of this week, which would mean a five-week campaign up to polling day. The PM hopes the election will give him a fresh mandate for his Brexit deal and break the current parliamentary deadlock.

Labour to back early general election

Labour have announced their intentions to back an early general election. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stated on Tuesday morning that his party could support an early election now that his condition of taking a no-deal Brexit off the table had been met through the extension granted by the EU. It was not explicitly stated that Labour would back PM Boris Johnson's bill in Parliament later, which proposes 12 December as the preferred election date by the government. Both the SNP and the Lib Dems are calling for an earlier election, on 09 December, in hopes to prevent Johnson from pushing through his Brexit plan before then. It's possible the PM may compromise with an election for the 10 December to get opposition parties on board.

EU agrees to Brexit extension

The EU has agreed to a Brexit extension of 31 January 2020. The President of the European Council Dondald Tusk stated that the bloc would allow for a so-called 'flextension', which means the UK can still leave the EU before the new deadline if a deal is approved by Parliament before then. News of the Brexit extension comes as MPs prepare to vote on PM Boris Johnson's proposal for an early general election on 12 December. The Lib Dems and the SNP have both expressed support for an election on 09 December, while Labour's position remains less clear.

EU discusses Brexit extension as MPs consider election

EU leaders are set to discuss how long of an extension to grant the UK, while MPs are mulling over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for an early election. It's understood that the majority of EU members favour a three-month delay, with the option to end the extension earlier is a deal is ratified; however, France has been arguing for a shorter extension. Johnson has said he will give MPs more time to debate his Brexit deal, but only if they back a general election for 12 December. The PM needs the support of two-thirds of MPs to push an election through - the odds of which are uncertain with Labour not committing to how it plans to vote.

Boris Johnson calls for general election on 12 December

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has laid out plans to hold a general election in mid-December. In a letter sent to the Labour opposition leader, Jeremy Corbin, the prime minister has said that if the EU agrees to offer a Brexit delay to the 31 January "then it is clear that there must be an election". He added that "in these circumstances, the Commons will vote next week on whether to hold an election to be held on 12 December". Boris Johnson said that if this is the case, parliament would be dissolved on 6 November. The letter comes two days after the House of Commons approved the Withdrawal Agreement Bill but rejected the government's timetable.

Police confirm that victims found inside lorry were Chinese nationals

Police have confirmed that all 39 people found dead in a lorry in Essex were Chinese nationals. In a statement, the Chinese Embassy in London said: “We read with a heavy heart the reports about the death of 39 people in Essex, England. We are in close contact with the British police to seek clarification and confirmation of the relevant reports.” Police are currently investigating the incident. The driver of the vehicle, a 25-year-old Northern Irish man, has been detained and still being questioned by the police. Preliminary reports suggest that the trailer arrived at Purfleet from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

Several injured in stabbing spree in Manchester

Several people have been injured after a man armed with a knife engaged in a stabbing spree in Manchester. According to the police, officers were deployed to a McDonald's on Rochdale Road in Harpuhey on Wednesday afternoon. Greater Manchester Police has said that "a teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault and has been taken into custody for questioning. This is not being linked to terrorism. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Severe travel disruption reported due to incident along M20 in Kent

Severe travel disruption is currently being reported along the M20 in Kent after a suspicious incident involving a lorry. According to Kent County Council Highways, slow-moving traffic is currently being reported between Junction 8 and 9, Londonbound. Extreme delays are being reported, while caution is advised. BBC has reported that several people have been found alive on the back of a lorry. No further details have been released. The incident comes on the same day that 39 bodies were found on the back of lorry in Essex. A 25-year-old Northern Irish man was detained, while investigations are still ongoing.

Dozens found dead in lorry container in Essex

Dozens of people have been found dead in a lorry container in Essex. The discovery was reportedly made at Waterglade Industrial Park in Eastern Avenue, Grays. The police were allegedly called to the scene by the ambulance service in the early hours of Wednesday morning. According to reports, a 25-year-old lorry driver from Northern Ireland has been arrested and faces charges of murder as an investigation gets underway. Preliminary findings indicate the bodies are thought to belong to 38 adults and one teenager. The lorry is thought to have travelled to the UK from Bulgaria through Holyhead over the weekend. The nationalities or countries of origin of the deceased are yet to be confirmed, but it seems likely the incident is connected to human trafficking.

PM to push for election if EU further delays Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to push for another general election if the EU proposed a further delay to Brexit, extending the 31 October deadline to January. The PM was forced to pause his Brexit bill yesterday after MPs rejected his plan to get it signed off in just three days, with opposition members insisting it wasn't enough time to debate the bill adequately. After failing to secure backing for his deal, the PM was forced by law to send a letter to the block to ask for a three-month extension. EU leaders will now consider whether or not to grant another delay and how long such a delay should be. If the EU choose not to extend the looming deadline, a no-deal Brexit could be a real possibility.

MPs reject government's Brexit timetable

Members of Parliament have rejected the government's proposals to debate the Brexit bill over the course of three days.  MPs earlier voted by a majority of 30 to approve the Withdrawal Agreement Bill but they rejected the timetable by a majority of 14. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was disappointed at the delay and said the country "now faced further uncertainty". He said the government would "pause" until the EU had "stated their intentions." In response, a European Commission spokesperson says: “The EU Commission takes note of tonight’s result and expects the UK government to inform us about the next steps. The EU Council president is consulting leaders on the UK’s request for an extension until 31 January 2020.”

Same-sex marriage and abortion decriminalised in Northern Ireland

Same-sex marriage and abortion have been decriminalised in Northern Ireland. In July, members of parliament in Westminister supported an amendment that would allow marriage and abortion reforms in Northern Ireland unless a new government was formed until 21 October. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) attempted to recall Stormont in a bid to block the bill, but it failed after lawmakers walked out of the chamber. DUP leader Arlene Foster lamented their actions. With the new legislation, same-sex couples would be allowed to marry from February 2020, while the charges on current abortion cases would be dropped. Earlier this month, the High Court in Belfast ruled that the Northern Irish abortion laws violated the UK rights commitments.

Two teens killed in Milton Keynes stabbing

Two teenagers have allegedly been killed in a recent stabbing incident near the town of Milton Keynes. The two victims - both aged 17 - were reportedly stabbed to death at a house party on Saturday at a residential property in the Archford Croft area of Emerson Valley, located in the southern outskirts of Milton Keynes. According to reports, one of the boys died at the scene while the other died in hospital. Another 17-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man were also hurt in the incident. Those involved in the violence are all likely to have known each other. No arrests have been made thus far as Thames Valley Police continue to investigate the double murder.

Hundreds detained in week-long operation against county lines gangs

Police have made more than 700 arrests across the UK during a massive week-long operation against county lines gangs. The Guardian reported that nearly 170 weapons were seized and that more than 600 vulnerable adults and children were protected. In total, over £300k worth of drugs were seized, while the operation targeted 49 of the so-called 'deal lines' from the almost 2,000 that are operational across the UK. According to the National Crime Agency (NCA), more than 650 addresses were searched. The NCA describes county lines as "a term used when drug gangs from big cities expand their operations to smaller towns, often using violence to drive out local dealers and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs".

People's Vote campaign calls for major protest in London

A campaign group has called on their supporters to take to the streets to protest against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal. The People's Vote campaign has called on people to head to London on Saturday to join a major demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament. As well as the march in London, more than a dozen protests are scheduled across Britain. Demonstrators are expected to gather at Park Lane at 12:00 and march towards Parliament Square. The protest coincides with a wave of demonstrations launched by the environmentalist Extinction Rebellion across the country.

New Brexit deal agreed between UK and EU

A new Brexit deal has allegedly been agreed between the UK and the EU. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement this morning shortly before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels. According to reports, Johnson tweeted: "We've got a great new deal that takes back control." The deal will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments, with coalition partner the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) casting doubt on whether it will support the new deal or not. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker described the new deal as a "fair and balanced agreement".

Northern Ireland's DUP rejects PM's Brexit deal

Prime Minister Boris Johson has failed to secure the support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for his revised Brexit deal. PM Johnson is heading to the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday to meet European leaders and attempt to sign the revised agreement. DUP's Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds have said in a joint statement that "as things stand, we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues (...)." They added: "We will continue to work with the government to try and get a sensible deal that works for Northern Ireland and protects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom." One of the biggest concerns regards the role of the Northern Irish Stormont Assembly in approving Brexit legislation after the transition period. This latest blow to the government's revised Brexit deal comes two weeks before the latest UK deadline to departure the EU.

Extinction Rebellion activists clash with London commuters

Clashes have been reported at London train stations between Extinction Rebellion activists and commuters. The activists had stationed themselves on the roofs of trains, causing severe disruption for morning commuters at Stratford, Canning Town, and Shadwell. In one incident, commuters dragged a climate change protester from the roof of a London Underground train and attacked him. Video footage of the incident shows dozens of angry commuters surrounding the activist on the floor, punching and kicking him until security personnel intervene. The Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway were partially suspended earlier with minor delays still reported. According to reports, four protesters have been arrested by the British Transport Police, which issued a statement advising activists against targeting the London Underground network: "this is dangerous, not only for protesters but for commuters".

Man injured in Leamington Spa stabbing

A man in his twenties has been injured after he was attacked with a bladed weapon in Leamington Spa in the West Midlands. According to local reports, the man was stabbed in the leg and chest by at least two suspects shortly after midnight during the early hours of Sunday morning. The incident occurred on Ranelagh Terrace in the Old Town area, where the police were called out to reports of 'disorder' on the street. Two male suspects - 26-year-old and 25-year-old - have been detained on suspicion of assault following the incident.

Counter-terrorism police take over Manchester stabbing investigations

The Counter-Terrorism Police North West has taken over investigations into the stabbing incidents at a shopping centre in Manchester. Greater Manchester Police ACC Russ Jackson said that a man has been detained "on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism". UK media has identified the suspect as a 41-year-old local resident. The man was detained after confronting two unarmed police officers in Exchange Court. The motives behind the incident are still unclear. Reports indicate that at least four people have suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The incident happened on Friday morning at the Arndale Shopping Centre.

Police evacuate Arndale mall in Manchester after reported stabbings

Police have evacuated the Arndale Shopping Centre in Manchester after reports of stabbings. The incident happened on Friday morning. According to the police, multiple people have been injured. People have been advised to avoid the area, while no further details have been released. BBC reported that a suspect has been arrested after being tasered. Metrolink trams at Exchange Square have been temporarily suspended.

Teenager stabbed to death outside Stratford mall

A 15-year-old has been stabbed to death after being attacked outside the Stratford Shopping Centre in east London. According to the Met Police, officers were deployed to the scene on Thursday afternoon. Reports suggest that the victim was targeted just after alighting from a bus. Another 15-year-old was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. In another incident in south London, an 18-year-old succumbed to his wounds after being stabbed on Brandon Estate. Investigations into the motives behind both incidents are still ongoing. London and some other major cities across the UK have suffered an increasing number of violent attacks involving teenagers. It is estimated that more than 100 people have been killed as a result of violent crime in London so far this year.

Man injured in knife incident outside Milton Keynes school

A man has allegedly been injured in a knife-related incident outside a primary school in Milton Keynes. According to local reports, the man was assaulted and threatened by a suspect armed with a bladed weapon outside Great Linford Primary School on St Leger Drive, in the village of Great Linford, just north of Milton Keynes town. The police have launched an investigation; however, the motive behind the incident still remains unclear and no arrests have been made thus far.

Two men killed in Morecambe fire, Lancashire

Two men have died following a fire at a working men's club in Morecambe, Lancashire. The fire reportedly broke out in the Gordon Working Men's CLub on Springfield Street on Thursday at around 14:45 local time. According to reports from the BBC, the men were rescued from the burning building, but died later in hospital. It remains unclear what may have caused the fire to break out as investigations get underway.

Protesters storm London City Airport's terminal building

Hundreds of protesters linked to the Extinction Rebellion group have stormed the London City Airport (LCY) in an attempt to disrupt operations. In a statement, LCY has said: "We are aware of Extinction Rebellion’s threat of protest at London City Airport from Thursday 10th October and are working with the Metropolitan Police to ensure the safety and security of our passengers, as well as minimising any disruption to journeys. If you are booked to travel, please check the status of your flight with your airline up until, and on, your day of travel. Please note the airport will open at 05:00 [local time] on Thursday-Saturday". Several people were detained when demonstrators occupied parts of the terminal building. Meanwhile, protests continue to be reported in central London.

Woman found dead in house in Pontypridd, Wales

Awoman has reportedly been found dead in her home in Pontypridd, Wales. The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Sarah Hassall, whose body was found by the police after they were called to respond to an incident at a property on Llys Graig Y Wion road in Pontypridd on Sunday morning. Following investigations, a 37-year-old male suspect, Brian Manship has been arrested and charged with murder. Manship was from Pontypridd and is due to appear in court on Wednesday. The motive behind the murder has not been disclosed.

Several detained in largest-ever anti-drugs operation in the UK

Over a dozen people have been detained in one of the largest-ever anti-drugs operations in the UK. According to the National Crime Agency (NCA), police raids happened on Tuesday across London, Manchester, St Heles, Bolton, Leeds, Dewsbury, Warrington and Stockport. The Guardian reported that the operation comes after an 18-month-long investigation into a trafficking group that smuggled drugs from the Netherlands. The case dates back to 2018 when the police seized over two and a half tonnes of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, cannabis and hashish. NCA's Jayne Lloyd said: “We suspect these men were involved in an industrial-scale operation – the biggest ever uncovered in the UK – bringing in tonnes of deadly drugs that were distributed to crime groups throughout the country". Earlier this years, six people were detained in the Netherlands as part of the same investigation.

Extinction Rebellion activists block parts of central London

Parts of central London have reportedly been blocked off by Extinction Rebellion protesters, with recent reports indicating that demonstrations in Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square have led to both areas being severely blocked off. BBC London Travel Alerts published a tweet on Tuesday afternoon advising travellers of no access to Trafalgar Square on all approaches, while Parliament Square, Millbank, and Whitehall have also been shut. Diversions for bus routes have been established.

Extinction Rebellion activists to shut down London City Airport

Extinction Rebellion activists have reportedly planned to force London City Airport to shut down later this week by staging a mass protest there. Like the anti-government movement in Hong Kong, the Extinction Rebellion protesters allegedly plan to immobilise airport operations on Thursday 10 October as part of the wider global climate change protest movement. Protesters are expected to start a march from Westminster at 07:30 local time, where they will make their way towards the airport on Hartmann Road.

Rory Stewart quits Conservative Party to launch London mayoral bid

A former contender in the Conservative Party's leadership contest, Rory Stewart, has said that he will run as an independent in the 2020 London elections. He said that he is leaving the party and standing down from his post as an MP for Penrith and the Border as he prepares to launch his mayoral bid. Stewart said in a video released on social media: “This is a city that is now in real danger, danger from Brexit, from technological change, but I think above all from what has happened in British politics, to the kind of extremism that is taking over our country." Stewart came in fifth place in the party's contest to replace Theresa May as prime minister. He has been known as an avid critic of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Prime Minister to request prorogation ahead of Queen's Speech

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to request that parliament be suspended from Tuesday until the Queen's Speech later this month. This is the second attempt to prorogue the parliament after PM Johnson's first try faced legal challenges and was ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court. The suspension comes as the government intends to prepare to present its upcoming legislative programme, which is expected to mainly focus on the NHS, education, security, environmental policies and infrastructure. In a statement, Downing Street said that the prorogation is intended to be "for the shortest time possible to enable all the necessary logistical preparations for a State Opening to be undertaken". The Queen's Speech is scheduled for 14 October, days before the EU Summit.

Government announce new proposals in fresh attempt to reach a Brexit deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced in parliament his new proposals in a revamped approach to reach a Brexit deal. Among the main topics addressed was a replacement for the Irish backstop. The new plan is aimed at allowing Northern Ireland to remain in the European single market despite leaving the customs union. It would also give powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly to vote on continuing applying EU law to some products, leading to the creation of an all-island regulatory zone for agriculture. PM Johnson and members of his cabinet have already reiterated on multiple occasions that they will not seek a further extension beyond the 31 October Brexit deadline. Although Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar praised the effort, he said that the new deal does "not fully meet the agreed objectives of the backstop". Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has supported the plan.

High Court in Belfast rules that NI's abortion law violates UK Rights commitments

Belfast's High Court has ruled that Northern Ireland's abortion law violates the UK human rights commitments. The case was initially raised in 2013 after a woman was refused the right to end her pregnancy. Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan said: “In my view her personal testimony is compelling". She added that 29-year-old Sarah Ewart "has had to modify her behaviour in that she could not have medical treatment in Northern Ireland due to the risk of criminal prosecution. She may be actively affected in the future. In my view, her personal testimony is not disputed.” Northern Ireland has one of the strictest abortion laws in the world. Currently, abortion cases are only legal in specific cases. Most recently, the abortion debate in Northern Ireland has inspired a number of protests.

Met Office currently monitoring developments on Hurricane Lorenzo

The Met Office is currently monitoring developments on Hurricane Lorenzo which currently sits near the Azores. Met Office Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri said: “There has been considerable uncertainty over the potential track of Lorenzo after it passes the Azores. However, we are now increasingly confident the remnants of Lorenzo will move towards the UK, bringing a spell of wet and very windy weather to western parts on Thursday and Friday". The most affected areas could be Northern Ireland, western Scotland, Wales and south-western England. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Lorenzo could approach Britain as a tropical storm before weakening into a tropical depression. People have been advised to closely monitor Met Office updates.

Flood warnings issued across UK

Flood warnings have been issued across parts of the UK as heavy rain hits. Some regions are expected to see as much as two weeks of rain within an hour according to the Met Office. Parts of south-west Scotland, Wales and southern England are at a high risk of power cuts, road closures, and general travel disruption. Severe heavy rainfall on the Isle of Man has prompted the local authorities to declare a major incident, with police advising residents not to travel on roads. Approximately 70 flood warning and 181 flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency across England, while warnings of possible coastal surges have also been issued in Cornwall. Eight flood warnings have been issued in Wales and one warning has been issued in Scotland, for Loch Ryan. A yellow weather warning is in effect across most of central and southern England until 20:00 local time tonight.

Man detained outside Houses of Parliament

A man has been arrested by the police outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London. According to reports, the man had doused himself in petrol and was carrying a lighter with the apparent intention of setting himself on fire outside parliament. The suspect was apprehended by armed police who were on patrol near the Old Carriage Gates entrance to parliament. The man was allegedly sprayed down with a fire extinguisher before being detained under the Mental Health Act, as it's understood the protest was not politically motivated, but may have been linked to a parking ticket.

MPs return to parliament

MPs and peers are due to return to parliament after the Supreme Court ruled the PM's prorogation of parliament unlawful yesterday. PM Boris Johnson now faces calls to resign from opposition groups, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stating at a part conference yesterday that Johnson had "acted illegally when he tried to shut down opposition" and "this unelected prime minister should now resign". Johnson has expressed that he "profoundly disagreed" with the court's ruling but that he would respect it. As MPs return to the Commons, no Prime Ministers' Questions will be held, but ministers will be allowed to bring urgent matters to the attention of parliament. The government is also expected to outline its approach to the ruling in the Commons later.

Man stabbed to death at Underground station in west London

A man has been stabbed at a London Underground station in Hillingdon, west London. British Transport Police (BTP) said that officers rushed to the scene to attend a serious assault on Tuesday afternoon. Operations at Hillingdon have been severely disrupted. A BTP spokesman confirmed that the victim succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. BTP Detective Supt Gary Richardson said: “While we are at the early stages of our investigation, we believe a group of young men were involved in an altercation on the platform before one of the men received a fatal stab wound".

Supreme Court rules that PM's parliament prorogation was unlawful

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to prorogue parliament for five weeks was unlawful. Supreme Court President Lady Hale said: "The effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme. The decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification." The verdict was reached by 11 justices who unanimously voted against the move. Common Speaker John Bercow said that parliament should reconvene as soon as possible. PM Johnson intended to suspend parliament until the Queen's Speech, just weeks before the Brexit deadline on 31 October.

Teenager stabbed to death at skate park in Slough, Berkshire

A 15-year-old boy has been killed in a stabbing at a park in Slough, Berkshire. Thames Valley Police (TVP) said that officers headed to Salt Hill Park on Saturday afternoon after reports that a teenager was attacked. TVP has confirmed that the victim was a local resident and died after sustaining wounds to the chest. Police said that three teenagers were detained. In 2019, official reports from the Home Office show that in England and Wales knife crime has reached one of the highest rates in the last decade.

Supreme Court to rule on parliament suspension

The Supreme Court is due to rule on the suspension of parliament on Tuesday. The court's ruling on the legality of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament will be announced at 10:30 BST tomorrow. Critics of the PM's move to prorogue parliament have claimed Johnson devised the suspension as a means to block opposition to his Brexit policy - thereby suppressing the representative democracy of British government. Parliament is currently due to return on 14 October, with the UK scheduled to leave the EU on 31 October.

Two police officers hit by car in Sussex

Two police officers and a civilian bystander have been injured after they were hit by a car in Sussex. According to the BBC, a man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two Sussex police officers were run over whilst carrying out a routine drugs check at the side of the A259 in Littlehampton. The incident occurred at around 01:05 BST on Monday morning. It's alleged the officers and a man they were with were hit at speed by a Mercedes-Benz, which was being driven by a 20-year-old male suspect, who has been arrested. The police are also trying to track down two others suspects in connection with the incident. "This is being investigated as a deliberate attack on two police officers in the course of carrying out their duties", said Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman. The injuries of both police officers and the man they were with, while serious, are not believed to be life threatening.

Manchester Airport train station evacuated

Manchester Airport train station has been evacuated amid reports of a suspicious package. The police are responding to the scene, where it's been confirmed that an area around the station has been evacuated as the police established a cordon. A selection of bus and Metrolink services have been affected by the incident. Latest reports indicate a person has been arrested in connection with the incident. 

Travel firm Thomas Cook collapses

The travel firm Thomas Cook has collapsed after last-minute talks to save the firm were unsuccessful. The 178-year-old company entered compulsory liquidation early on Monday morning, sparking a major repatriation (codenamed Operation Matterhorn) for more than 150,000 UK holidaymakers. Thomas Cook employed 22,000 people worldwide, including 9,000 in the UK. Further information for people affected by the collapse can be found via the Civil Aviation Authority.

Two teens injured in London stabbings

Two teenagers have reportedly been injured in two separate stabbing incidents in London. According to reports, the incidents both occurred within the last 48 hours in the Mitcham and Plumstead areas. It's claimed that the first victim - a 17-year-old boy - was attacked by an unknown assailant with a knife near a cemetery on Wednesday afternoon on Wilson Avenue in Mitcham, South London. A second victim - a 16-year-old boy - was also attacked in a stabbing the following day around the same time near Plumstead Manor Secondary School on Griffin Road in Plumstead, South East London. The police have launched investigations into both incidents, which are not thought to be related. No arrests have been made thus far.

Two killed in Middlesborough steelworks blast

Two fatalities have been confirmed following a number of explosions at a steelworks in Middlesborough. The blasts reportedly occurred at a former SSI steelworks in the South Bank area in the eastern suburbs of Middlesborough. Police officials confirmed the two deaths of two men on Thursday, stating that both men's families had been informed. The emergency services attended the scene, describing the series of explosions at the former coke ovens as a 'major incident', with nearby businesses evacuated as they responded to the scene. It remains unclear precisely what caused the explosions as investigations are launched.

Extinction Rebellion protesters block road to oil refinery in Pembroke

Extinction Rebellion protesters have allegedly gathered in Pembroke to protest against outside of the biggest oil refineries in Europe. According to reports, a group of 10 protesters blocked three entrances to the refinery by setting up road blocks outside the Valero site in Pembroke Dock. It's believed the group intend to stay positioned there indefinitely. A Valero spokesperson stated that the company was still operating as normal despite the disturbance. The protest has so far remained peaceful although it has caused some significant disruption to local traffic. A police presence remains at the scene and no arrests have been made.

Pilots call off BA strike

British Airways pilots have called off a strike planned for next week. The Balpa union said the two-day action last week, which forced the airline to cancel most of its flights, had done enough to display its member's frustration. The union said it wanted a period of reflection to prevent the situation from escalating further and causing irreparable damage to BA's brand. BA had offered pilots an 11.5 percent pay rise over three years in July but Balpa rejected the proposal.

Businessman kidnapped and beaten in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

A businessman was reportedly kidnapped and beaten on Tuesday in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. According to reports, the victim has been identified as 50-year-old Kevin Lunney, a well-known businessmen and CEO of Quinn Industrial Holdings - a company which has been targeted in a number of attacks within the last year. The victim was reportedly ambushed whilst on his way home from work in the Derrylin area of Fermanagh at around 18:40 local time on Tuesday evening. He was taken across the border to the Republic of Ireland, where he was found injured on the roadside 22 miles away in County Cavan several hours later that same evening. Dunney was badly beaten with a broken leg among other severe injuries. An investigation into the incident has been launched and remains ongoing.

Climate change protest to be held in London

A climate change protest is due to be held in central London on Friday 20 September. The protest has been organised by the UK Student Climate Network as part of activist Greta Thunberg's Fridays for Future global youth strike movement. The rally will kick off from 11:00 local time in the Millbank area and has been authorised to last until at least 15:00, although participants have been encouraged to continue supporting students with their demonstrations beyond  this time. Some disruption around the area should be expected. Dozens of other towns and cities across the UK are also expected to hold similar protests, while more than 150 countries are also thought to be taking part in the strike.

Man dies after being stabbed in north London

An unidentified man has died after being stabbed in north London. According to the police, the victim succumbed to his wound after being assaulted on Thursday evening in Camden High Street. The Guardian reported that a second man with a stab wound was found nearby the same location. The area was temporarily cordoned off as investigations are ongoing. This is the second stabbing incident in Camden to be reported in less than a month.

Scottish court overturns previous ruling on lawful parliament prorogation

Scottish appeals judges have ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's parliament prorogation is unlawful. A panel at the Court of Session in Edinburgh has overturned a previous ruling that the parliament suspension was a political matter rather than a judicial one. The legal battle started when a group of MPs submitted a complaint accusing the prime minister of abuse of power ahead of the Brexit deadline. "The Inner House of the Court of Session has ruled that the Prime Minister’s advice to HM the Queen that the United Kingdom Parliament should be prorogued from a day between 9 and 12 September until 14 October was unlawful because it had the purpose of stymying Parliament". A definite decision on the matter will be made next week at the UK Supreme Court.

London Heathrow plans to remain operational ahead of 'drone protest'

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) has said that the airport will remain open and fully operational ahead of a planned 'drone demonstration' scheduled on Friday. In a statement, LHR said: “In order to ensure that our operation remains open and safe, we are working closely with a number of stakeholders (...) to ensure that the UK’s hub airport does not close. We have in place dynamic risk assessment programs which are carried out by airfield and security experts and at no time will safety be compromised." From Friday onward, a group known as the 'Heathrow Pause' is expected to launch a protest to disrupt operations. The group is opposed to plans for a runway expansion at the airport and are also protesting over an alleged lack of action towards climate change. In April, a number of planes were forced to be diverted and operations were temporarily halted after multiple drone sightings were reported at London Gatwick Airport (LGW).

PM's second attempt to trigger early election fails

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has failed in his second attempt to force a general election, after MPs voted against calling a snap election in October. Johnson needed at least two-thirds of all 650 MPs to vote in favour to secure an election, but failed to secure the support of even half of parliament with only 293 MPs voting for the PM's motion for an early election. Opposition MPs refused to back calls for an election, insisting that a law blocking a no-deal Brexit must be implemented first. The defeat came shortly before parliament was officially suspended for five weeks, with some MPs protesting the prorogation with signs saying "silenced" while shouting: "shame on you".

Police officers targeted during search operation in Londonderry

Police Service of Nothern Ireland (PSNI) officers have been targeted with petrol bombs during a search operation in Creggan, Londonderry. More than a dozen houses in Creggan Heights were evacuated on Monday evening when tensions escalated in the area. PSNI officers were taking part in an operation linked to a mortar bomb found days earlier in Strabane, County Tyrone. Reports indicate that the search operation targeted militants of the New IRA.

Commons Speaker John Bercow to stand down by 31 October

Commons Speaker John Bercow has said that he will stand down as the house speaker by the Brexit deadline on 31 October. In a speech at the House of Commons on Monday afternoon, Bercow said that he would resign earlier if snap general elections were agreed in a parliament vote on Monday. His announcement comes just before parliament is suspended later in the day. Bercow has been a member of parliament for Buckingham since 1997, with the last 10 serving as the Commons Speaker. Members of the Conservative Party have long accused him of lacking impartiality regarding Brexit.

Parliament to be prorogued on Monday evening

Downing Street has confirmed that parliament will be prorogued on Monday evening. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously announced plans to suspend parliament back in August when the Queen approved his request.  A series of legal challenges to avoid the parliament's suspension have already been rejected in court, with the latest one being ruled on Friday by the High Court in London. Parliament is expected to resume activities on 14 October, the date set for the Queen's Speech - typically given by new governments to lay out their future plans. It will happen just weeks before the Brexit deadline on 31 October. The announcement came as MPs are expected to hold a second vote in the House of Commons on whether to push for an early general election. 

Hundreds of BA flights cancelled due to scheduled strike action

More than 1,700 British Airways flights have been cancelled on Monday and Tuesday due to scheduled strike action. Most flights scheduled for 09 and 10 September are expected to be cancelled after BA and the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) failed to reach an agreement on pilots' salary increases. BA confirmed that flights on the company's City Flyer, SUN-AIR and Comair are not affected. Another strike action is scheduled for 27 September. BA passengers with a flight scheduled for those days have been advised to check frequently asked questions on BA's website or contact its customer services.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd resigns

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned after accusing the government of failing to engage in negotiations to reach a deal with the EU. Rudd said in a statement that: "I no longer believe leaving with a deal is the government's main objective." She added: "The Government is expending a lot of energy to prepare for 'no deal' but I have not seen the same level of intensity go into our talks with the European Union, who have asked us to present alternative arrangements to the Irish backstop". Rudd also criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to expel 21 MPs that rebelled against a bill aimed at avoiding a no-deal Brexit. Her resignation comes days before the House of Commons is set to hold a second vote to hold an early general election.

Man injured in sectarian violence, Belfast

A man has reportedly been injured following a violent incident in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The incident has has been attributed to sectarian violence and it's alleged the man was injured during a clash on Crumlin Road, where reports indicate a scuffle broke out between the man and a number of unknown assailants. It's believed the incident was motivated by the fact that the victim's father was a representative for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). No arrests have been made as police investigate the assault.

Two men arrested for kidnap and murder plan

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of planning to kidnap and murder a female relative. Mohammad Patman, 54, and Darya Khan Safi, 49, both originally from Afghanistan, were detained by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers at their respective homes in Coventry and London on Wednesday. The pair were allegedly wanted by the Slovakian authorities for conspiring to murder a 25-year-old woman, currently living in Austria and working in Slovakia. Both men are being held on European Arrest Warrants and will face extradition to Slovakia.

MPs to vote again on early election motion

MPs will vote again on an early election motion next week after the Commons rejected PM Boris Johnson's plan for a snap election on 15 October in a vote on Wednesday. The issue has seen the PMs brother, Jo Johnson, announce his resignation as Tory MP and minister due to conflicts being family and national interests. The Labour party leadership has reiterated that while the opposition wants an election, taking a no-deal Brexit off the table has to be a priority and the party will not back the PMs call for an election unless no-deal is stopped. The next vote on an early election will be held on Monday 09 September, just before parliament is due to be prorogued from next week until 14 October.

Teenager killed in east London stabbing

A  murder investigation has been launched after a teenage boy was stabbed to death in east London. The victim was allegedly knifed during a fight on Tuesday evening near Byford Close, Stratford. The boy reportedly died at the scene despite attempts by paramedics to save him. No arrests have been made thus far as investigations continue.

Joint operation leads to massive heroin bust in Felixstowe, Suffolk

A joint operation has led to the seizure of nearly 1.3 tonnes of heroin hidden inside a container ship in Felixstowe, Suffolk. BBC reported that agents of the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Border Force took several hours to unload the drugs, which were concealed inside bathrobes and towels. The seizure happened in late-August. Reports indicate that after the seizure, authorities tracked the container to its final destination, the Belgian port of Antwerp. The cargo was later transported to Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where four people were detained after intercepting it. This is the second large-scale heroin seizure at Felixstowe in August. Earlier in the month, around 400kg of drugs were seized in similar circumstances.

PM loses vote on no-deal Brexit in parliament

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lost a key vote on stopping a no-deal Brexit in the House of Commons. Johnson lost the vote after a number of Tory MPs rebelled, including Conservative MP Philip Lee who defected to the Liberal Democrats during yesterday's parliament session. The Commons voted 328 to 301 to take control of the Brexit agenda, allowing MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit to bring a bill requested another extension to the Brexit deadline, currently 31 October. Earlier this week, the PM threatened to call for a general election if he is forced to request an extension to the deadline from the EU. The battle in the Commons over Brexit is expected to escalate as MPs vote on the Brexit delay bill. If it passes, the vote on whether to hold an election will follow. Johnson has tabled a motion in parliament seeking approval for an early general election; however, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the bill taking no-deal off the table needs to be passed before Labour will support a call for an election. Unless two thirds of MPs back a general election it cannot be called, which looks unlikely given Labour's opposition.

PM threatens election amidst no-deal Brexit row

PM Boris Johnson has threatened to call a general election on 14 October if MPs win a vote to stop a no-deal Brexit. The row over Brexit had led to a showdown in parliament as MPs aim to take control of the agenda. Ex-chancellor and Tory rebel Philip Hammond stated he believed there was enough parliamentary support for the bill to delay the UK's withdrawal date from the EU; however, the PM released a statement on Tuesday warning he would push for an election before the 31 October Brexit deadline if the government lost the vote on the bill. If the bill is passed in parliament, it would force the PM to ask the EU for Brexit to be delayed until 31 January 2020, unless MPs approved a new deal or voted in favour of a no-deal Brexit by 19 October. Johnson said he was opposed to an election but believed progress with the EU would be 'impossible' if MPs won. Critics claim Johnson's tactic is to use a general election before 31 October to gain a mandate for no deal.

Judge rejects legal bid to block parliament suspension

Judge Lord Doherty has rejected a legal bid to temporarily block the suspension of parliament called by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. MPs submitted a petition to the Court of Session in Edinburgh in an attempt to block the prorogation of parliament until the Queen's Speech on 14 October. A full hearing is set for 06 September. PM Johnson has asked the Queen to suspend parliament following the parliament break in mid-September. The move has been widely criticised by the opposition, which continues to push for legislation to block a no-deal Brexit ahead of the 31 October deadline.

Ruth Davidson quits as Scottish Tory leader

Ruth Davidson has quit as leader of the Scottish Conservatives. According to reports, Davidson announced her resignation on Thursday, stating that she had decided to stand down as leader due to recent political and personal changes. Having been in the job for eight years, Davidson said her personal priorities had changed after having a baby last year. Davidson has also been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, particularly over his approach to Brexit, prompting some speculation that her resignation was triggered by the PM's controversial decision to prorogue parliament ahead of the Brexit deadline. Having been in the job for eight years, Davidson said her personal priorities had changed after having a baby last year. Davidson will continue as the MSP for Edinburgh Central.

Activists to use drones to disrupt Heathrow operations

Activists are allegedly planning to use drones to disrupt flight operations at London Heathrow Airport. Climate activist group, Heathrow Pause, has stated its intentions to fly drones within the restricted zone of Heathrow on 13 September. Drones will not be flown directly in flight paths; however, the drone activity with nevertheless seriously impact flight operations. The group is opposed to plans for a runway expansion at the airport and an alleged lack of action towards climate change.

Queen approves suspension of parliament

The Queen has approved the suspension of parliament, as requested by PM Boris Johnson's government. The prorogation of parliament has been arranged to allow the new government to prepare for a Queen's Speech - typically given by new government's to lay out their future plans. However, the timing of the prorogue has been heavily criticised as 'unconstitutional' and 'undemocratic' due to the fact it restricts the time MPs will have to push a vote through parliament to prevent a no-deal Brexit before the 31 October deadline. Critics have claimed the move was politically motivated and designed by the PM to prevent MPs from voting to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Government to ask Queen to suspend parliament

The government is expected to ask the Queen to suspend parliament shortly after MPs return to work following the parliament break. It's been reported by the BBC that PM Boris Johnson plans to hold a Queen's Speech on 14 October to lay out the government's future plans; however, the suspension would mean MPs are unlikely to have time to pass laws which could stop Johnson from taking the UK out of the EU without a deal on the 31 October. If the Queen signs off on shutting down parliament on 10 September - known as prorogation - it's possible that MPs could vote in the House of Commons to veto the suspension, which would cause controversy, as it effectively prevents MPs from playing their part in the democratic process of parliament. It's usual for a new government to hold a Queen's Speech; however, many are arguing that the timing of the speech is a strategic move designed to prevent MPs from stopping a no-deal Brexit, thereby undermining parliamentary democracy.

British Airways pilots to launch strikes in September

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has announced that British Airways pilots will launch strikes in September. After failed negotiations between the syndicate and the airline, pilots are expected to strike on 09, 10 and 27 September. BALPA said: "BA did not accept any of these packages, and it is clear following discussions with members over the last few days that BA’s most recent offer will not gain the support of anywhere near a majority of its pilots". BA has said that schedule changes are likely and that flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR and Comair will not be affected. The airline confirmed that most flights scheduled for strike days may not operate. For further information, BA passengers are advised to directly contact the airline.

Fire breaks out at tower block in Notting Hill, London

Dozens of firefighters have been deployed in Notting Hill after a fire broke out on a balcony on the twelfth floor of a tower block. London Fire Brigade (LFB) said that eight fire engines headed to Darfield Way on Friday afternoon after reports of smoke. Darfield Way is situated near the Grenfell Tower. People have been advised to avoid the area.

Kings Cross station to be closed during August Bank Holiday weekend

London's Kings Cross station will be closed between Saturday and Sunday due to maintenance works. Rail companies London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Great Northern are among those that advised passengers to avoid travelling over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Operations are expected to be normalised on Tuesday morning. LNER said that services between Scotland and northern England to Peterborough will be severely affected. Meanwhile, train services from King's Cross to Peterborough will not operate. Trains to and from Moorgate are also expected to face disruption. An influx of passengers is expected across major train stations and main routes between Friday afternoon and Monday evening.

Man injured in suspected knife attack in London

A large section of Trafalgar Square in London has been cordoned off after a man was injured in a knife attack. Preliminary reports suggest that the victim has not sustained life-threatening injuries. Met Police said that "this is not being treated as terrorism and initial inquiries indicate that the victim and suspect maybe known to each other". As of March 2019, England and Wales reported record levels of knife offences. According to the Home Office, most incidents have been related to assault and robbery. Latest data show that London recorded most knife offences comparing with other regions in Wales and England.

Ryanair pilots launch strike over pay dispute

UK-based Ryanair pilots have launched a 48-hour strike on Wednesday. Earlier this month, pilots have voted in favour to launch two strikes due to a lack of progress on negotiations. Ryanair claimed that operations on Thursday have not been affected, but some delays and changes to flight schedules may occur. It kicks off after a British court rejected the airline's request to block the strike. Another 48-hour strike is still expected to take place on 02 September. For further information, passengers are recommended to contact Ryanair and check for flight status updates before heading to the airport.

Man shot dead in County Down, Northern Ireland

A man has been killed in a shooting incident in County Down, Northern Ireland. According to reports, Malcolm McKeown was shot dead near the Emo Oil petrol station on Main Street in Waringstown village shortly after 21:00 BST on Monday evening. McKeown was known by the police for being a criminal and was also known to have loyalist paramilitary connections. It's believed the shooting was a targeted attack, most likely motivated by a feud with a criminal drug gang. The police have found no links to recent dissident republican activity.

UK officials to slash attendance to EU meetings

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay has confirmed that UK officials will stop attending most EU meetings from September. Ahead of the Brexit deadline on 31 October, Barclay claimed that the move comes to focus on the UK's departure from the EU. He added that some meetings that have "a significant national interest in the outcome of discussions, such as on security” will be at the top of the agenda. He claimed that "an incredible amount of time and effort goes into EU meetings, with attendance just the tip of the iceberg. Our diligent, world-class officials also spend many hours preparing for them whether in reading the necessary papers or working on briefings." The announcement came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the Irish border backstop plan. Boris Johnson has had a much more energetic approach to Brexit compared with his predecessor, Theresa May. In a statement released on Monday, the Home Office said that "freedom of movement as it currently stands will end (...) when the UK leaves the EU."

Left-wing journalist targeted outside pub in London

A 35-year-old journalist known for his left-wing political views has been attacked outside a pub in Islington, London. Owen Jones claimed that four men threw him on the ground and attacked him "in a blatant premeditated assault". The Met Police confirmed to the Huffington Post UK that the attack was perpetrated by up to four males and that no hospital treatment was required. The Guardian's editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, said: “We deplore the outrageous attack on Owen Jones that took place late last night. Violent assaults on journalists or activists have no place in a democratic society.”

UK loses measles-free certificate over outbreaks

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has withdrawn the UK's measles-free certificate after several outbreaks were reported in the country. Reports indicate that more than 230 cases of measles were confirmed in the UK in the first quarter of 2019. Health authorities have previously raised concerns over parents' resistance to vaccinating their children and sending them to school without the second measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) dose. A vast majority of measles cases are imported from Europe and confined in some communities that are historically averse to vaccination. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered urgent action to prevent the disease from further spreading. The UK loses its certificate three years after eradicating the disease. Measles outbreaks are not exclusive to the UK. Other countries, including France, Italy and the US have also reported a significant increase in measles cases. Measles is a highly contagious disease and preventable by the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination. Symptoms include high fever, coughing and red eyes.

Explosive device blows up near Newtownbutler, Northern Ireland

An explosive device went off during a police operation near Newtownbutler, Northern Ireland. Police reports confirmed that officers headed to Wattle Bridge to attend reports of a fake explosive device. The device was found on Sunday evening and exploded on the next morning. No injuries were reported. Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin said: "Although this device was intended to kill police and army personnel the fact that it was placed on a main road the result could well have been devastating for anyone in the immediate vicinity." Authorities are investigating the circumstances behind the incident. Sinn Fein MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew condemned the incident as has the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Arlene Foster.

Islamic State recruiter stripped of British citizenship

The British government has revoked the citizenship of Jack Letts, aka 'Jihadi Jack', who joined the Islamic State (IS) group back in 2014. Letts was detained in 2017 after attempting to flee towards Turkey. He was known as a recruiter for the IS in Syria. No comments were made by the British government or Home Office on the case. The decision generated some diplomatic spat with Canada - Letts is also a Canadian citizen. A statement from the Canadian public safety ministry added: "Canada is disappointed that the United Kingdom has taken this unilateral action to off-load their responsibilities." Earlier this year, a British court convicted Letts's parents for funding terrorism. John and Salley Lane are accused of sending £223 to Jihadi Jack.

Police officer killed in Berkshire

A murder investigation has been launched by Thames Valley Police after a police officer was killed whilst on duty in Berkshire last night. The incident occurred at approximately 23:30 local time at the crossroads of Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill on Bath Road, near Sulhamstead, between Reading and Newbury. According to reports, PC Andrew Harper from the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon Police Station, was attending a reported burglary when he was killed. At least 10 people have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody while a scene watch remains in place at the scene of the incident. Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill remain closed, while Bath Road has since been re-opened.

Gibraltar to release Iranian tanker

The government of Gibraltar has announced that the Iranian supertanker, the Grace 1, is to be released after being seized last month. The Grace 1 is carrying Iranian oil and was intercepted by the Royal Marines on 04 July after the government of Gibraltar suggested it was en route to Syria, sparking a diplomatic standoff with Iran. The US had submitted a last-minute request for the continued detention the Grace 1, which was considered in a court hearing in Gibraltar today. It had been implued by Gibraltar's attorney general that there was no further order for the vessels detention. It's hoped that releasing the Grace 1 could lead to the release of the Stena Impero - a British-flagged vessel seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf.

Man detained over suspected stabbing outside the Home Office, London

A man has been detained for suspected involvement in a stabbing outside the Home Office in London. According to the Met Police, officers were deployed to the scene after reports of a suspected stabbing outside the building on Marsham Street, Westminster. Police said that there is no indication that the incident is terror-related. No further information about the suspect's identity nor the number of victims has been initially provided.

Petrol bombs thrown at city walls amid violence in Londonderry

Between 30 to 40 people have taken part in the third consecutive night of disorder and violence in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It's been reported that more than 20 petrol bombs were thrown at the city's historic walls from the Bogside area on Monday night. A strong police presence was deployed to the area, with riot police on standby. While some of those participating in the violence were said to be "extremely young teenagers", the police have stated that they believe older people are orchestrating the violence and are using the youths to attacks police and symbolic sites around the city walls. In total, 24 petrol bombs were thrown, while police officers were also attacked with bricks and bottles. It's believed the violence has been inspired by separatism, as it has coincided with the city marking 50 years since the Battle of Bogside, which saw British troops deployed to Northern Ireland. The police are yet to make any arrests and it's feared the violence will continue for a fourth consecutive night.

Teenager stabbed to death in Camden, north-west London

A 16-year-old has died after being stabbed in north-west London. According to the Met Police, the incident happened on Monday evening at Muster Square in Camden. Authorities are still investigating the incident. Knife crime has become a major issue in some boroughs of London. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to recruit additional police officers and to expand police stop-and-search powers to tackle knife crime. So far this year, it is estimated that over 100 people have died as a result of knife crime across the UK. In late-July, a parliamentary report claimed that youth violence has become a "national emergency".

Yellow thunderstorm warning issued in the Midlands

A yellow thunderstorm warning has been issued for most of the Midlands in England for tomorrow. The Met Office has advised that from 14:00 onward on Wednesday 14 August, there will be a high risk of thunder and lightning storms affecting the East and West Midlands until 22:00. Heavy showers and thunderstorms should be expected and could cause flooding and transport disruption in some areas. There is also a chance that power cuts could occur. Other reports have warned of strong 'tornado-like' winds affecting parts of the country overnight on Tuesday.

Massive power cut reported across the UK

Homes and transport networks across the UK have been affected after a major power outage affected most parts of the country on Friday afternoon. BBC reported that among the regions affected are the South East, Midlands, South West, North East and Wales. National Rail has announced that a large number of train services are currently being affected. UK Power Networks said: "We're aware of a power cut affecting a large area of London and South East. We believe this is due to a failure to National Grid's network, which is affecting our customers". Electricity Systems Operator (ESO) confirmed that "the issue is now resolved and the system has returned to normal. Anyone continuing to experience a local issue should contact their local Distribution Network Operator for assistance." Disruption to train services and other transport networks are expected to persist throughout the evening.

Weather warnings in place for most of UK

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for most of the UK. A yellow rain warning has been issued all-day Friday for Northern Ireland, Wales, most of Scotland (barring the north-western coastline), and most of England (barring East and West Sussex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Kent). A yellow wind warning is also in effect from 15:00 to 23:59 local time on Friday, applying to Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, coastal parts of Dorset, and most of the Welsh coastline. Another yellow wind warning has been issued all-day Saturday for most of England and Wales, while a yellow thunderstorm warning will also be in effect from 00:00 to 06:00 on Saturday for Northern Ireland, most of Scotland, and parts of northern England. Another yellow thunderstorm warning has also been issued to the same areas for the same times on Sunday.

Major disruption reported at London Euston

Major disruption is currently being reported at London Euston station due to a signalling system failure. National Rail said on Thursday afternoon that although all lines have reopened, disruption is expected to extend throughout the evening. Virgin Trains are also among the services affected.

British train companies to remain part of Interrail scheme

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has said that UK-based train companies will remain part of the Interrail scheme. Robert Nisbet, an RDG director, said: "Following the strong reaction to news of our departure we and Eurail, the company which runs Interrail, renewed talks". Nisbet added that an agreement was reached and that RDG "will be remaining part of both the Interrail and Eurail passes". RDG's decision to leave the programme generated strong criticism from some UK politicians and on social media. Interrail is a pass that gives unlimited train travel across 31 countries to European nationals.

UK-based Ryanair pilots vote in favour of strike

UK-based Ryanair pilots have voted in favour to launch a strike over a pay and benefits dispute. The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has said that pilots voted in favour to set two 48-hour strikes on 22 August and 02 September. BALPA said that the move comes after no progress was made in the negotiations. Similar to previous strikes, industrial action may be postponed or cancelled. Travellers are advised to directly contact the airline for further flight status updates. Earlier this month, in a separate case, British Airways pilots also voted in favour of strike action, but no dates have been set.

Some BA flights may still be affected after IT system glitch

Some British Airways flights from London Gatwick (LGW) and Heathrow (LHR) may still be affected after an IT system failure on Wednesday. BA said on Thursday: "We plan to operate our normal schedule today, however there may be some knock-on disruption". Passengers are advised to check for flight status information directly with BA before heading to the airport. Thousands were left stranded on Wednesday after more than 100 flights were cancelled.

Police officer injured after machete attack in Leyton, London

A police officer has been severely injured after a machete attack in Leyton, east London. BBC reported that the officer was stabbed in the head and body after he ordered a van to stop for inspection. Reports indicate that the van had no insurance. North East Command Unit's Inspector Julia James said: "What began as a routine vehicle stop has transformed very quickly and unexpectedly into an unprovoked attack with a weapon." Dozens of police officers were deployed to the scene moments later. The unidentified suspect was detained shortly after the incident. The incident is not believed to be terror-related.

BA flights at London Gatwick affected due to IT system failure

BA flights from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) are facing delays on Wednesday morning due to an IT system failure. BA has said that the check-in operations and flight departures are being affected. Severe delays and cancellations are likely. Travellers have been recommended to check for flight status updates before heading to LGW and to allow extra time at the airport. BA said that flights from London Heathrow (LHR) and City (LCY) may also be affected.

Strike action at London Heathrow postponed

A strike scheduled for Tuesday at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) has been postponed. LHR has confirmed that after negotiations with Unite Union, the strike was postponed to an undisclosed date. LHR said that two strikes on 23 and 24 August are still scheduled to go ahead. Although calls for industrial action were postponed, some disruption may still affect flights. Passengers are advised to contact their respective airlines for further flight status updates.

Water reservoir reaches dangerous levels in Todmorden

A number of homes have been preventatively evacuated in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, after the reservoir has reached dangerous levels. The water volume in the Lumbutts Reservoir has increased significantly following recent heavy rainfall across parts of northern England. According to reports, fire crews from Halifax and Todmorden are at the scene, pumping water out of the reservoir on Lumbutts Road to relief pressure on the dam. At least six homes have been evacuated and the road has been closed while Calderdale Council has advised people to avoid the area. The incident comes after 1,500 homes were evacuated in the Derbyshire town of Whaley Bridge after heavy rainfall caused severe damage to the dam amidst floods.

Planned strike at London Heathrow postponed

A strike scheduled for Monday 05 August, at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) has been postponed. LHR said that talks with Unite Union are still ongoing and that workers may still strike on Tuesday. Passengers are recommended to check for flight status updates with their respective airlines.

Residents evacuated amid Derbyshire dam incident

Approximately 1,500 residents have been evacuated from their homes amid an emergency situation at Whaley Bridge dam in Derbyshire. Emergency crews have launched critical response operations to save the damaged reservoir after part of the dam wall collapsed on Thursday afternoon. The police warned local residents in Whaley Bridge that there was a high risk of the dam completely collapsing and flooding the village. Water is being pumped out of the 300-million-gallon reservoir, while an RAF Chinook is dropping 400 tonnes of aggregate to shore up the dam and divert water, to relief some of the pressure on the wall and allow repairs to begin. Water built up in the reservoir following severe heavy rainfall in the north of England over the last few days. Improved weather conditions have meant that water levels have reduced by 20cm; however, it's still expected to take three to four days to reduce the reservoir to a safe level - assuming it doesn't rain again.

Conservative party loses Brecon and Radnorshire by-election

The Conservatives have suffered a major defeat in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, where Liberal Democrat Jane Dodds defeated incumbent Tory Chris Davies. The by-election was called after Davies was charged for making false expenses claims. Dodds garnered just over 43 percent of the votes, while Davies secured only 39 percent. With the Conservatives losing an important seat in the House of Commons, they now hold a majority of one. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have to rely on the full support of his own party and backing from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in order to pass legislation.

Thousands evacuated due to dam collapse risk in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire

More than 6,500 residents in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, have been told to evacuate due to a dam at risk of collapse. BBC reported that heavy rainfall overnight on Wednesday triggered severe damage to the structure of the Toddbrook Reservoir dam. A severe flood warning was issued on Thursday afternoon due to the potential overflowing of the River Goyt. The Environment Agency said that they are currently working with local authorities to ensure community safety. Derbyshire Police announced that: "Residents who have been at work, or away from the area, are strongly advised to stay away following advice from the Environment Agency who have indicated that the incident currently poses a significant threat to life". People in the area have been advised to follow updates from reliable sources, including social media reports from the Environment Agency, Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Court rejects British Airways' calls to block pilots strike action

Judges of the Court of Appeal have overwhelmingly rejected an attempt by British Airways (BA) to block pilots' plans to launch strike action. The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) said that earlier this month, 93 percent of BA pilots voted in favour of strike action. In a statement, BA said: “While no strike dates have yet been issued by BALPA, and they are required to give us 14 days’ notice of any intention to call strike action, we ask our customers to review their contact details by visiting, or by contacting their travel agent. We continue to pursue every avenue to find a solution to avoid industrial action and protect our customers’ travel plans". The main dispute is related to pay, where pilots demand compensation over the company's profit recovery.

Heavy downpours trigger flash flooding across North Yorkshire

Heavy downpours have triggered widespread flooding across several areas in North Yorkshire. Severe travel disruption has been reported in some areas north of the Yorkshire Dales after flash floods damaged several roads leading to local villages. Train services in the region have been also disrupted, especially between Carlisle and Skipton. Northern Rail said that limited services are operating between Hazel Grove and Buxton. According to the Met Office, heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are forecast to continue in the area and spread towards Newcastle, Manchester and Hull. The Environmental Agency has issued flood warnings to the villages of Reeth and Grinton, while the areas around Skelton, Winston and Leaming may also be affected.

BP-flagged tankers to avoid Strait of Hormuz

All BP-flagged oil tankers are to avoid the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between the UK and Iran. According to Reuters, the CFO of British Petroleum (BP), Brian Gilvary, announced that all BP-flagged tankers will be avoiding the strait due to the ongoing risk to shipping in the region. BP has instead chosen to use chartered tankers to transport oil through the strait, and has been doing so since a July 10 attempt by Iran to seize one of its vessels in the strait, when three Iranian vessels tried to block the path of a BP-operated tanker, but withdrew after warnings from a British warship. Tensions spiked this month when Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker in the strait, just two weeks after British forces captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar, which was suspected of violating EU sanctions on Syria.

Thousands march in Caernarfon for Welsh independence

Thousands of people have marched through the town of Caernarfon in North Wales to rally for Welsh independence over the weekend. Approximately 8,000 people are said to have participated in the rally in the town's Castle Square on Saturday according to the organisers, while the police also confirmed that at least 5,000 marched through the town as part of the rally. The protest remained peaceful, although some travel disruption through the town centre was reported.

Homes evacuated after police recover grenades and chemicals in Lowestoft, Suffolk

Dozens of homes have been evacuated after two grenades and chemicals were recovered in Lowestoft, Suffolk. A police operation launched on Sunday led to the temporary isolation of the area around Normanhurst Close after an army bomb disposal team was deployed. Suffolk Police said: “On arrival at the premises, police conducted a search of the property and recovered a quantity of unidentified chemicals and two military grenades inside the premises.”

Several UK-France Eurostar services affected due to power failure

Several Eurostar services between London St Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord were cancelled on Friday due to an overhead power issue. Reuters reported that an electrical failure at Paris Garde du Nord led services to be cancelled. Eurostar has urged passengers to avoid travelling through its network unless essential. SNCF services in some areas across France are also being affected. Although services are expected to be gradually resumed, severe delays are expected to affect Eurostar services throughout the day. Travellers are advised to follow updates from Eurostar for further information.

Planned strike action at London Heathrow postponed

A strike action planned to take place on 26 and 27 July at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) has been postponed. LHR has announced that passengers may be affected in August due to a series of scheduled strikes. They include a 48-hour strike from 05 August and 23 August. Travellers are advised to check for flight status updates with their respective airlines. LHR is currently negotiating with Unite Union in order to avoid disruption during the summer peak season.

London airports face flight disruption due to adverse weather in Europe

Flights from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) have been either cancelled or are facing severe delays due to adverse weather across Europe. Eurocontrol has said that adverse weather is currently impacting operations in north-eastern Spain, parts of Croatia and Hungary. Several airports in Greece are also experiencing flight delays. Gatwick Airport (LGW) and London City (LCY) may also face some disruption. Travellers have been advised to check for flight status updates with their respective airlines.

Police search for three missing swimmers on Thames River

Police are searching for three people that have been reported missing in several stretches along the Thames River. Royal National Lifeboat Institution's Teddington station said that responder was called for two incidents on Tuesday evening in Kingston and Richmond. In another case, a 22-year-old was swimming with friends when he went missing on the Shadwell Basin in east London. The Independent reported that a body was found near the area. 

Yellow warning issued for thunderstorms across England and Scotland

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for thunderstorms across large parts of England and Scotland. The warning will come into effect from 15:00 local time on Thursday 25 July, lasting until 04:00 the following morning. Thunderstorms have been triggered across much of the UK due to hot weather brought on by a heatwave. Heavy rain is expected to accompany the thunderstorms, heightening the risk of sudden flooding on roads and railway lines, meaning travel delays could be likely. Power cuts are also possible due to lightning strikes, with a small chance of properties being damaged as well. The yellow warning applies to South East England, most of the Midlands, all of northern England, and much of southern Scotland. Perth, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Hull, Norwich, Birmingham, Oxford, London, Canterbury, and Brighton are among some of the areas affected.

Two injured in south London stabbing

Two people have been injured following  stabbing incident which was reported in south London. Both incidents occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Mitcham area, where the police responded to two men with knife wounds. According to reports, a 26-year-old man was found with severe stab wounds in Rock Close and has been rushed to hospital where he is said to be in a critical condition. The other victim was also attacked in the Mitcham area around the same time. No arrests have been made thus far, with the police currently treating the incidents as connected.

British Airways pilots agree on strike action over pay dispute

British Airways pilots have voted in favour of strike action amid a long-standing pay dispute. British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) said that industrial action has been approved with 93 percent of the votes - BALPA claims to represent 90 percent of all BA pilots. The strike action has been decided after months of deliberation. The decision will still face an injunction attempt in court on Wednesday, while BALPA continues to negotiate an agreement. It is still unknown the exact date of a potential strike. However, in the event of pilots going forward with it, the strike may significantly affect the peak summer season.

Boris Johnson to be Britain's next PM

Conservative MP and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been announced as the winner of the Tory leadership election, meaning he will replace Theresa May as Britain's next Prime Minister. The results were announced in a televised conference on Tuesady shortly after midday. Johnson managed to secure 92,153 votes, compared to Jeremy Hunt's 46,656. Almost 160,000 Conservative Party members were eligible to vote, with a turnout of 87.4 percent recorded. Officially, Johnson will not become PM until Wednesday; however, a number of senior politicians have already said they won't serve under him as PM, including Chancellor Philip Hammond, Justice Secretary David Gauke, Education Minister Anne Milton, and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart - who also contested the leadership during the early stages of the election.

Three injured in Hackney shooting

Three people have been injured following a shooting incident in the east London borough of Hackney. According to reports, the police were called to respond to an incident on Monday night on Kingsland Road at approximately 22:30 local time. It's believed the incident occurred outside a local grocery shop, where at least three men were involved in the altercation. The three men reportedly took themselves to a hospital, where at least one victim is allegedly being treated for a gunshot wound to the stomach. It remains unclear what motivated the shooting and no arrests have been made thus far, although unconfirmed reports claim a masked gunman opened fire on the three men in a drive-by shooting.

Results of conservative party leadership race to be announced

The result of the conservative party leadership race is scheduled to be announced at 12:00 local time. Members of the conservative party voted on Monday to either elect Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt to be the new conservative leader and, subsequently, the new UK prime minister. Theresa May is expected to step down on Tuesday, while the new prime minister will be sworn in on Wednesday. Ahead of the vote, several ministers have threatened to resign if Johnson wins the race - they include Philip Hammond and David Gauke. FCO Minister Sir Alan Duncan already announced his resignation on Monday. The new PM will face immediate challenges, including the long-standing Brexit negotiations, which deadline expires on 31 October. The current crisis with Iran - triggered when a British-flagged oil tanker was seized on the Strait of Hormuz - will also top the agenda.

Huge fire breaks out at east London shopping centre

A huge fire has broken out at a shopping centre in Walthamstow in east London. According to the BBC, more than 10 firefighters, with 25 fire engines, have responded to the blaze at The Mall shopping centre on Selborne Road on Monday. Although the fire is said to be under control now, the area remains cordoned off and firefighting crews will remain at the scene. The cause of the fire remains unclear as investigations go forward. It's been reported that one woman had been taken to hospital. Some travel disruption has been caused by the fire, with local bus services re-routed temporarily.

Heatwave forecast for UK

Parts of the UK are forecast to be hit by a heatwave this week, with temperatures expected to reach as high as 35 degrees Celsius in some areas. The Met Office has forecast a potentially record breaking hot spell throughout much of England, Scotland, and Wales this week, with heatwave threshold expected to be met in wide parts of central and eastern England. A pulse of warm air from the continent will bring warmer temperatures from the south east on Monday afternoon, setting temperatures soaring to highs of 34 degrees on Tuesday and 35 degrees on Wednesday, with Thursday expected to peak at 37 degrees. The heatwave will break overnight on Friday, when temperatures are predicted to drop.

Scores injured in car collision on club meeting in Stevenage

At least 17 people have been injured after two cars crashed in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Police reports confirmed that the collision happened on Thursday evening on the A602. The Guardian reported that the crash happened during a car meeting. At least a dozen bystanders have been taken to hospital. Some of them were in serious conditions. A member of the Cruise Herts Club said on social media: "After what happened tonight me and Dean have decided we will not be having anymore Cruise Herts meets". Hertfordshire Police said that investigations into the crash are still ongoing.

UK-based Ryanair pilots considering to launch strike

UK-based Ryanair pilots are expected to launch a strike from mid-August due to a current salary and benefits dispute. British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has said that a vote will take place next week to decide if the strike action will go ahead. BALPA said that the move comes after Ryanair has failed to address a number of demands, including pensions, allowances and maternity benefits. BALPA Secretary General Brian Strutton said: "Our Ryanair representatives have been trying to tackle some of the many issues that result from years of non-recognition of unions within Ryanair."

Two injured in Leicester machete attack

Two people have reportedly been injured after being stabbed in a machete attack in Leicester. The attack took place on Monday evening in the Tinseltown restaurant - an American-style diner - on Upper Brown Street off Newarke Street in the city centre. The pair were allegedly attacked by three unidentified assailants who managed to flee the scene following the attack. The police have responded to the scene and have established a cordon around the area. It remains unclear if the victims knew their attackers and whether the incident was a targeted attack or not.

EU commission candidate open to extending Brexit deadline

Ursula von der Leyen, who was nominated to replace Jean Claude Juncker as the EU commission president, has said that she is open to extending the deadline for Brexit negotiations. The Independent reported that Von der Leyen said that she would "support a further extension if good reasons are provided”. She added: “The withdrawal agreement negotiated with the United Kingdom is the best and only possible deal for an orderly withdrawal.” Von der Leyen, the German defence minister, is set to face a vote in the EU parliament on Tuesday to be confirmed as the new EU commission chief. If approved, she takes office on 01 November, a day after the new Brexit deadline. Meanwhile, the Conservative party is still to decide who will replace Prime Minister Theresa May. Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt are currently battling to secure support ahead of the final vote scheduled for next week.

Eco activists stage protests in major UK cities

Environmental activists are staging demonstrations across several cities across the UK. The BBC reported that several roads in central areas of major cities are blocked since Monday morning. Protests led by a group known as Extinction Rebellion are reportedly taking place in Cardiff, Leeds, Bristol, London and Glasgow. The group said that a number of other demonstrations are also scheduled for the next few weeks. They are calling for immediate government action on climate change. Disruption is expected to affect road travel in some cities. Extinction Rebellion was behind a previous demonstration last April which brought London to a standstill.

Passenger services staff to launch series of strikes at London airports

Passenger services staff working for Easyjet are set to launch a series of strikes over several days in July and August. Unite Union said in a statement that in total, 43 agents employed by Stobart Aviation Services will take part in 17 days of strike action at London's Stansted Airport (STN). Dates will include 25 to 29 July; 02 to 05 August; 09 to 12 August; 16 to 19 August; and 23 to 27 August. The strike action come amid a pay dispute. Unite has also announced another series of strikes which may affect operations at London's Heathrow Airport (LHR). A number of 48-hour strikes - also fuelled by a pay dispute - which will include passenger service staff, security guards and engineers are scheduled to be launched on 26, 05 and 23 August. 

Fire breaks out at Warner Bros Studios near Watford

A fire has broke out at the Warner Bros Studios near Watford. Firefighters rushed to the scene on Wednesday evening after the police blocked some roads around the venue located in Leavesden. BBC reported that as of Thursday morning firefighters were still at the scene to battle the blaze. According to Variety, the fire broke out at a sound stage located in a closed set. No injuries have been reported, while there is no report over any operational disruption.

Iranian vessels attempt to intercept UK tanker

Three Iranian boats have attempted to intercept a British oil tanker near the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz. They were repelled by HMS Montrose, a Royal Navy frigate which was escorting the British Heritage tanker. No shots were fired during the incident, while the UK Ministry of Defence said the Iranian's actions were "contrary to international law." Officials in Tehran have previously threatened to seize British tankers after one of its vessels was detained in Gibraltar for transporting oil to Syria in breach of international sanctions.

Flights at London Gatwick suspended due to ATC issue

Flights at London Gatwick Airport (LGW) have been suspended due to air traffic control issue. LGW has announced on Wednesday afternoon that: "Due to an air traffic control systems issue in Gatwick’s control tower, flights remain suspended. We are working with Air Navigation Solutions (ANS), our provider, to rectify this issue as quickly as possible". Travellers have been advised to check for flight status updates with their respective airlines before heading to LGW.

UK ambassador to the US resigns amid leaked emails row

British Ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, has resigned from his post after emails were leaked to the media. In a series of documents leaked to the Daily Mail, Ambassador Darroch criticised US President Donald Trump and described fierce internal dispute within the White House. The leaks heightened diplomatic tensions between the UK and US, with President Trump saying that the White House "will no longer deal with him". Sir Simon McDonald, the UK Permanent Under-Secretary at the FCO, accepted his resignation and said: "The Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and whole of the public service have stood with you: you were the target of a malicious leak; you were simply doing your job". Sir Darroch's resignation came after Conservative leader candidate Boris Johnson was accused of not fully supporting him. Johnson was criticised by his Conservative peers, including the FCO minister, Sir Alan Duncan, who claimed Johnson had thrown Sir Darroch "under the bus to serve his own personal interests". He added: "His disregard for Sir Kim Darroch and his refusal to back him was in my view pretty contemptible, but also not in the interests of the country he’s trying to lead.”

ICO announces intentions to fine Marriott International for data breach

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced intentions to fine Marriott International more than £99m for last year's data breach. In a statement, the ICO said that after extensive investigation, the fines would be imposed for violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Out of nearly 340 million guests affected, the ICO estimates that nearly 10 percent of them were citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) - around seven million of those affected are believed to be UK residents. The breach emerged in September when hackers attempted access to its Starwood guest reservation database. Marriott said that "learned during the investigation that there had been unauthorised access to the Starwood network since 2014". Marriott acquired Starwood hotels group in 2016. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “The GDPR makes it clear that organisations must be accountable for the personal data they hold. This can include carrying out proper due diligence when making a corporate acquisition, and putting in place proper accountability measures to assess not only what personal data has been acquired, but also how it is protected". The statement came just a day after the ICO announced a record-breaking fine against British Airways. The company was hit with a 183-million-pound fine for last September's data breach.

Engineering train derailment causes disruption at London Victoria

Severe disruption has been reported on services running to and from London Victoria due to a train derailment. Gatwick Express services are expected to be impacted until the end of Tuesday after an engineering train derailed in London. Southern services are also expected to be affected. BBC reported that the derailed train is currently blocking several platforms at London Victoria. Network Rail has told passengers to avoid London Victoria and use London Blackfriars or London Bridge instead. National Rail said that replacement buses to Sutton, Epom and Horsham are available. Travellers heading to London Gatwick Airport should find alternative routes and may use their pre-purchased tickets in other services, including Thameslink, Southeastern and GWR.

Yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in northern Britain

Yellow weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for parts of northern Britain over the next few days. A yellow thunderstorm warning will come into effect along the eastern coast of Scotland from midday local time on Wednesday, and will remain in effect until 21:00 Wednesday evening, affecting Aberdeen, Dundee, and Perth. Another warning has been issued to parts of Scotland and northern England for the following day, lasting from midday to 21:00 on Thursday. Inverness, Dundee, Aberdeen, Carlisle, Newcastle, Leeds, Hull, and parts of Sheffield are expected to be affected. Heavy showers are forecast, meaning there's a potential risk of flooding in low-lying areas. Driving conditions are likely to be affected and disruption to train services is also possible,

British Airways slapped with massive fine for last year's data breach

British Airways (BA) has been slapped with a 183-million-pound fine for last year's data breach. In a decision released by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), BA is accused of failing to protect data of nearly 500,000 customers. BA security systems were hit in a massive data breach last year where hundreds of thousands of transactions were affected. An investigation "has found that a variety of information was compromised by poor security arrangements at the company, including login, payment card, and travel booking details as well name and address information". The breach is believed to have started in June but was just disclosed in early-September. The £183.39m fine comes under the guidelines of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The value is much higher than the previous record, where Facebook was hit with a £500k fine for the Cambridge Analytica scandal. IAG CEO Willie Walsh said: "We intend to take all appropriate steps to defend the airline's position vigorously, including making any necessary appeals".

Three-year investigation dismantles massive modern slavery ring

Eight people have been sentenced as part of a three-year investigation that dismantled a major modern slavery ring in the UK. The trial was held back in March but reports on the case were only released on Friday due to court secrecy. According to court documents, the criminals led a massive international network that lured vulnerable people in Poland to bring them to the UK. It is estimated that more than 400 people were exploited during a five-year period. Reports suggest that their victims would work for little money and live in appalling conditions while having their documents and state benefits withheld. The Guardian reported that smuggled people would be placed in several addresses across West Bromwich, Walsall, Sandwell and Smethwick. Birmingham Crown Court Judge Mary Stacey said that the scheme ran between 2012 and 2017. They were sentenced to spend up to 11 years in prison.

Swedish national arrested at Gatwick Airport on terror charges

A 40-year-old Swedish woman has reportedly been detained by the police at Gatwick Airport on suspicion of terror-related offences. The suspect was arrested upon landing in the UK on a flight from Italy on Thursday afternoon. According to reports, the woman is suspected of being an Islamist extremist and was stopped by Counter Terrorism Police under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, before being arrested under Section 41 of the same act, on "suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism". The woman currently remains in police custody as enquiries continue.

UK government clashes with China over Hong Kong protests

The UK government has clashed with the Chinese government over the issue of ongoing protests in Hong Kong. China has warned the UK not to interfere in Chinese domestic affairs; however, the anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong highlight that the proposed extradition bill threatens Hong Kong's semi-autonomy from Beijing and could violate the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration treaty which agreed to return Hong Kong to China in 1997 and guaranteed Hong Kong's relative economic autonomy and personal freedoms not permitted on the mainland until 2047. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned violence from protesters but also warned the Chinese government against repressing the protests, stating there could be "serious consequences" over its treatment of protesters in Hong Kong. Hunt also condemned protesters who stormed a government building and covered a Hong Kong emblem with a British colonial flag, saying Hong Kong had actually enjoyed less freedom under British rule, when it was denied elections and the right to protest.

Rail workers killed after being hit by a train near Margam, Wales

Two rail workers have been killed after being hit by a train near Margam Wales. BBC reported that a passenger train heading from Swansea to London Paddington hit the victims on Wednesday morning. Network Rail route director for Wales, Bill Kelly, said: "We are fully cooperating with the British Transport Police and Rail Accident Investigation Branch". Network Rail said that major disruption is currently being reported between Bridgend and Port Talbot, while a number of cancellations may affect services later on the day. Transport for Wales has said that lines will be closed until at least 14:00 and that bus services will replace some parts of the journey to and from affected areas.

Body of stowaway falls from plane landing at Heathrow

On Sunday afternoon, the authorities have reported that the body of a stowaway fell into a garden in Clapham, London, as a Kenya Airways flight prepared to land at Heathrow Airport.  According to reports, the man may have been hiding in the plane's landing gear compartment, as an investigation found a bag containing clothing and food in the rear landing gear.  An investigation is under way.  The trip from Nairobi to Heathrow takes almost nine hours. 

Fresh wave of strikes likely at Glasgow Airport

Workers at Glasgow Airport have announced a fresh wave of strike action after talks with airport management failed on Sunday.  Flight delays and cancellations are likely, and passengers are advised to contact their airline prior to leaving for the airport.

Pregnant woman killed in weekend of London stabbings

On Saturday, a woman who was eight months pregnant was stabbed to death at a residential address in Croydon, South London.  Her baby was delivered by paramedics at the scene and immediately taken to hospital where the child remains in critical condition.  It is understood that a 37-year-old man has been arrested.  Elsewhere in London a man was beaten to death on Saturday, and another man was found in Newham on Sunday in the early hours, and declared dead at the scene.  In south-east London, an 18-year-old man staggered into hospital after a fight, but died of his injuries.  

One killed and one injured in Essex knife attack

A murder investigation has been launched after a 27-year-old man died and another was hospitalised with a broken jaw, following a brawl in Maldon, Essex.  According to reports, the incident took place at around 21:00 local time when a group of men attacked the two victims.  Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Disruptions reported at Stansted due to emergency landing

On 27 June, flight operations at Stansted Airport are disrupted due to a security incident.  An Air India Boeing en route to New York was diverted to the facility at around 10:15 local time following a bomb threat, and the aircraft was escorted there by two RAF Typhoon fighters.  The aircraft has been isolated at a remote stand and is under investigation.  The runway is clear, but some delays in operations are to be expected.  

Bacterial infection kills 12 in Essex

At least 12 people have died in Essex after contracting a deadly bacterial infection, and health officials have admitted that the outbreak is not contained.  Figures show that there have been 32 cases of Group A strepococcus disease this year, and the 12 victims are believed to be elderly people in care homes, or having carers visit them.  A NHS spokesperson in the area said that extra infection control measures had been put in place, and that the risk of contracting the disease is very low for most people, with a high success rate of treatment with antibiotics.  Most of those who have died had chronic wounds that they were being treated for.  Strep A bacteria are common and live on people's skin or in their throats without causing any illness, but can case life-threatening problems if the infection gets into the lungs, blood or muscles through open wounds, ulcers or cuts.  Symptoms of the infection are a high fever, severe muscle aches and redness around an open wound.  

Aberdeen Airport to be affected by strikes on 27 and 28 June

According to the Unite Union, staff at Aberdeen Airport have rejected the latest pay offer from management, and are now expected to strike on 27 and 28 June.  As well as the dispute over pay, AGS Airports Limited, who run Aberdeen and Glasgow Airports, said that they are to close the pension scheme in contravention of an agreement reached in 2016 which said that they would keep it open for existing members.  Unite has also expressed concern over security following media revelations published last weekend, highlighting breaches due to contingency staff brought in during previous strike action.

Overnight access to Stansted Airport restricted

Authorities at London Stansted Airport (STN) have issued an advisory that overnight access to the facility is restricted for operational reasons.  Passengers are advised not to arrive before their scheduled check in time, which is normally two hours before departure, due to the restricted facilities.

Teen injured in Chester stabbing

A teenager has reportedly been injured in a stabbing incident in Chester. According to reports, a 14-year-old boy was attacked after school on Thursday afternoon by an armed suspect outside The Ship Inn near the Old Dee Bridge in Handbridge, Chester. The victim has been taken to hospital with serious injuries whilst the police launch an investigation into the incident. A 15-year-old has reportedly been arrested in connection with the attack.

Strike action triggers severe disruption on SWR services

Severe disruption has been reported on South Western Railway (SWR) services due to a five-day strike launched on Tuesday. RMT Union has announced that the strike will last until Saturday, 22 June. According to SWR, most disruption will affect the routes serving Southampton Central, Salisbury, Yeovil and Bristol Temple Meads. Meanwhile, reduced services will impact most of the network, including Reading, London Waterloo, Weymouth, Portsmouth, Woking, Basingstoke, Wimbledon and Exeter. SWR is currently engaged in a long-standing dispute with RMT.

Eco activists to launch protest in Lewisham, London

Eco-activist group Extinction Rebellion is set to launch a demonstration across south-eastern London on Friday morning. Media reports revealed that activists are expected to block major roads in Lewisham to protest air quality. According to the group, travel along the A205 South Circular in Catford, A21 at Lewisham Station and A2 in Deptford may face disruption between 07:30 and 09:00. Last April, thousands of protesters brought London to a standstill. The group has already planned a number of demonstration in the next few months, which will include London Heathrow Airport.

Home secretary signs Assange's extradition order to the US

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has signed the extradition order for Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange to the US. Javid told BBC Radio 4 that: "There is an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow". Assange faces 18 different counts in the US, including some under the US Espionage Act. He is currently serving a 50-week sentence in the UK for skipping bail. He was detained during a dramatic police raid on the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he spent nearly seven years. Assange is the founder of the Wikileaks, which was responsible for leaking thousands of confidential military, diplomatic and political documents.

Boris Johnson tops first Tory leadership ballot

Former Mayor of London and backbencher MP Boris Johnson has topped the first Tory leadership ballot with 114 votes. Jeremy Hunt came second with 43 and Michael Gove came third with 37 votes. Three candidates have been eliminated, having failed to secure the minimum eight votes required to go through to the next round: Mark Harper, Esther McVey, and Andrea Leadsom. The remaining seven candidates will progress to the second round of voting next week, with the two most popular MPs to be put to Conservative party members in a final vote later this month. The new party leader will be announced in the week of 22 July.

Heavy rainfall causes travel disruption across England

Travel disruption has been reported across England after heavy rainfall caused flooding in some areas on Monday. Road travel was heavily disrupted due to flooding and downed trees, while rail services were also affected across most parts of the South East. Weather warnings are currently in place parts of north-east and eastern England, where heavy rainfall is forecast to batter Nottingham, Peterborough, Hull and Newcastle. Warnings will remain in place until at least Thursday.

Lightning kills hiker in Scotland

A hiker has died after she was struck by lightning whilst trekking up a mountain in Highland, Scotland. The 55-year-old woman had been hiking up Na Gruagaichean mountain near Glencoe with a group of seven hikers when stormy weather set in on Saturday, hitting two members of the group, with the other surviving the hit with injuries. Both casualties were airlifted to hospital in Fort William; however, it was later confirmed that one had died from her injuries. Na Gruagaichean is in the Mamore Range near Kinlochleven, approximately five miles south of Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis.

Exchange student taken to hospital after assault in Canterbury

A 17-year-old exchange student has been severely beaten in Canterbury. Police have arrested a group of six people in connection to the attack, which happened on Thursday evening in the city centre. Authorities are currently investigating the circumstances behind the incident. The victim lives in Germany with his parents, who are set to have their visas expedited to visit him at the hospital - the victim and his family are of Lebanese descent.

Three dead amid listeriosis outbreak in England

Public Health England (PHE) is currently investigating the deaths of three people who were hospitalised for contracting listeriosis, or listeria. Several national and local government agencies are investigating the outbreak, which affected six patients across England. The case is linked to pre-packed sandwiches, which have already been removed from the shelves and are no longer being produced. PHE confirmed that no cases were reported in Wales and Scotland. Listeria is a rare infection that may become very serious if spread to the blood stream or brain. It is mainly contracted after consuming contaminated food, especially dairy products and unpasteurised milk.

Police investigate assault on gay couple on London bus

Scotland Yard is investigating an assault on a gay couple who were on a night bus in London. The BBC have reported that the attack happened last week on a bus in West Hampstead. The bus was heading to Candem Town. According to reports, both female victims were harassed by a group of young men, who beat the women up after they refused to kiss. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has condemned the incident, while the police are appealing for witnesses. Met Police data shows that more than 2,300 homophobic hate crimes were reported in London in 2018.

Strike action may affect operations at Glasgow Airport

Operations are expected to be impacted at Glasgow Airport. Workers' unions have launched a strike on Friday. The airport has announced that contingency measures were already launched to ensure a minimal impact on operations. Further strikes are planned for 10 and 14 June. Workers are striking over their pension scheme, where negotiations are taking place in January. Travellers are advised to contact their respective airlines for further flight status updates.

New IRA claims responsibility for golf club car bomb in Belfast

The New IRA has claimed responsibility for an explosive device placed under a police officer's car in east Belfast. In a statement released to the Irish News, the group claimed to be responsible for placing the device under a PSNI officer at the Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast. The golf club is located close to a PSNI HQ. The incident happened last Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported. A cross-border investigation has been launched as one of the vehicles believed to be involved in the incident had a Dublin licence plate. This is the first incident involving the New IRA since the death of journalist Lyra McKee.

Prime Minister May steps down as leader of the Conservative Party

Prime Minister Theresa May has officially stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party. May will continue serving as the country's PM until a new leader of the party is chosen. A first vote is scheduled to take place next Thursday, while the entire Tory leadership contest may last until at least 22 July. May is stepping down after she repeatedly failed to pass her EU withdrawal deal through parliament. In recent months, internal grievances over Brexit have divided the party. Nearly a dozen candidates are running for the Tory leadership, including Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey.

Man with knives arrested in Gatwick terminal

An armed suspect has reportedly been arrested in a terminal at Gatwick Airport. Passengers were allegedly evacuated from the airport's south terminal baggage reclaim area around 02:00 on Monday morning after security received reports of a man armed with knives in the terminal. According to reports, the man was carrying two knives and was arrested by the police shortly after the evacuation. Airport operations have since returned to normal.

Mass protest planned during US President Trump's state visit to the UK

A mass protest is due to take place in London during the US President Donald Trump's three day state visit to the UK. The demonstration is scheduled to start at Trafalgar Square on Tuesday morning. Some other low-scale protests are also expected outside the US Embassy in London and Buckingham Palace. Security measures will be reinforced across London, while traffic restrictions are also likely, especially around St James's Park and Green Park.

Eco activists plan protests that may cause flight disruption at London Heathrow

Eco-activist group Extinction Rebellion is reportedly planning to launch several protests that may disruption operations at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). BBC reported that the group is pressuring the government to revoke expansion plans of LHR, which is set to build another runway. Protests are expected to take place in June, but most of them may occur in July. The exact dates were not announced. Delays and cancellations may be caused as the group threatened to use drones to disrupt flight operations. In April, thousands of protesters took to the streets of London to demand better environmental policies. More than 1,000 demonstrators were detained.

Man killed in Battersea attack

A man has died have been attacked by a group of suspected muggers in Battersea, London. The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon in a car park off Battersea Park Road. According to preliminary reports, the victim was on his motorbike when he was assaulted by suspects, who were allegedly trying to steal his motorbike. One suspect has been arrested and remains in police custody while search operations for the remaining suspects remain ongoing.

PM to resign next month

PM Theresa May has announced her intention to resign next month. The announcement will trigger a leadership contest to decide a new PM. May will quit as Conservative party leader on 07 June, stating that despite her regrets over failing to deliver Brexit, a new PM was in the best interests of the country. May will remain PM while a leadership contest takes place, due to begin the week after she officially steps down from the role.

Tube train evacuated on London Underground

A tube train has been evacuated between Bond Street and Baker Street on the London Underground after smoke was detected in one of the carriages. At least four people have been injured, while around 59 were evacuated just before 06:00 local time on Thursday morning. Firefighters responded to the incident, which is said to have been caused by a mechanical failure. Services have returned to normal after some disruption along the Jubilee line.

PM offers MPs referendum vote if they back Brexit deal

British PM Theresa May has offered MPs a vote on whether or not to hold a second referendum if they back her EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. May told MPs they have "one last chance" to deliver Brexit as she lays out what she described as a new withdrawal deal. If her latest attempt to get her deal passed by government fails for the fourth time, the PM has warned MPs a negotiated exit could no longer be an option. The UK is due to vote in EU elections on Thursday.

Cross-party Brexit talks collapse

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that cross-party talks on Brexit are being ceased after six weeks of discussions. In a letter sent to Prime Minister Theresa May, Corbyn said that the talks "have gone as far as they can". The move comes just a day after the PM released a timetable for her potential resignation after the upcoming Brexit vote on 03 June. Corbyn said: "As you have been setting out your decision to stand down and cabinet ministers are competing to succeed you, the position of the government has become ever more unstable and its authority eroded." The PM will put her EU withdrawal deal to the House of Commons again, where a number of Conservative MPs continue to break party lines. The Conservatives have also failed to secure the support of their Northern Irish coalition partner, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Prime Minister May's Brexti deal to face a new vote on 03 June

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that her withdrawal agreement will face another vote in the House of Commons on 03 June. After failing multiple times to get it approved by the Commons, the PM's Brexit deal is expected to face another defeat. Labour and the LibDems will join forces with the Scottish National Party (SNP), while the Conservatives' Northern Irish coalition partner, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), is also expected to vote against it. DUP's Nigel Dodds said: “Unless she can demonstrate something new that addresses the problem of the backstop then it is highly likely her deal will go down to defeat once again." The Labour party has previously called for a new referendum to be attached to the deal. The same position was adopted by LibDem's Vince Cable: “If the government were to put forward its deal tomorrow, however modified by the Labour party, we’ve made very clear we would support it, providing it is subject to a confirmatory referendum, so we are not in any sense blocking progress". This is the fourth vote on May's deal to be held in the House of Commons.

Gun fired outside London mosque

A gun was fired outside a mosque in Ilford, London on Thursday evening during Ramadan prayers. According to reports, a masked armed man entered the Seven Kings Masjid mosque on High Rd in Ilford late on Thursday, where he proceeded to cause a scene. Worshippers allegedly led him outside, where a gunshot was heard. The police responded to the scene, where it has since been confirmed that the man fired a blank, and that no one was harmed in the incident. The police further stated that the incident was not being treated as terror-related, as it's was thought to have stemmed from an earlier incident in a nearby street.

Teenager injured in Woverhampton shooting

A teenage boy has been wounded following a shooting incident in Wolverhampton. According to recent reports, the 16-year-old is said to be in a serious condition and is receiving medical attention. The police have detained at least three suspects in connection with the case. The motive remains unclear as investigations continue.

Evacuations enforced in Manchester due to suspicious packages

Police in Greater Manchester have evacuated Oldham library due to a suspicious package.  In addition, a cordon has been put in place around Manchester city centre with police saying that they believe the incidents to be linked.  Roads have been closed and shops evacuated, while office workers have been told to stay indoors.  According to reports, a 26-year-old man has been detained but no further details have been given. 

Tories and Labour suffer Brexit backlash in local elections

Both the Conservatives and Labour suffered a backlash of the public's anger over the Brexit deadlock, with many smaller parties and independents winning seats in local council elections.  Local elections give voters the opportunity to choose the decision-makers affecting their communities, but the results suggest that the two major parties are being punished for their handling of the Brexit deadlock. European elections are to be held on 23 May when the Brexit Party and Change UK will also compete for votes.

Defence secretary sacked over NSC's meeting Huawei leak

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been sacked over his alleged responsibility for the infamous Huawei leak. Williamson was removed from office after refusing to resign after the Daily Telegraph reported on a potential partnership between the Chinese-giant telecom and the UK government to build the country's 5G network. The leak concerns information discussed during a high-level National Security Council (NSC) meeting. Williamson denied any wrongdoing and confirmed that he is not responsible for the alleged leaking of information. Prime Minister Theresa May has issued a statement saying that: "It is therefore with great sadness that I have concluded that I can no longer have full confidence in you as secretary of state for defence and a minister in my cabinet and asked you to leave Her Majesty's government".

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange sentenced for violating bail

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to almost a year in prison for breach of bail. Assange was detained in mid-April after being removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was refuged since 2012. Assange also faces another hearing on Thursday concerning his potential extradition to the US. Just after his release, the US Department of Justice released his indictment., charging him with "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion". It regards the release of thousands of classified military documents stored in servers of the US Department of Defence. Assange was removed in a police raid on the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno revoked his asylum status.

Taxi driver strike reported at Luton Airport

Taxi drivers have reportedly gone on strike at London Luton Airport. The strike coincides with International Workers Day (aka Labour Day) on the first of May. According to reports, taxi drivers have gone on strike to protest average hourly pay rates, and to call for wage increases. There is likely to be some localised disruption around Luton Airport pick-up and drop-off zones due to the strike.

Guns cache seized in arrest of Latvian national

More than a dozen guns were seized when a Latvian national was arrested in King's Lynn, Norfolk on Friday.  The 44-year-old man has been charged with possession of weapons with intent to supply.  A police spokesman declined to comment on the operation, but said that the weapons would most likely have been used to "commit violent acts".  

Scottish independence bid boosted by Brexit

A YouGov poll has shown that support for Scottish independence has risen to its' highest point in the past four years, driven by voters who wish to stay in the European Union.  As the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) meets for a two-day conference, they have confirmed that they are preparing for a fresh independence push, probably in 2021, following defeat in the referendum in 2014.  Since then, the UK has voted to leave the European Union, with Scotland voting to stay, together with Northern Ireland.  

New IRA sees Brexit as an opportunity

The Sunday Times has reported that militant Irish nationalist group The New IRA sees Brexit as a new opportunity to further its' campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland.  The comments come after the killing of a 29-year-old reporter Lyra McKee who was shot dead by a member of the group during a riot in Londonderry where police were being attacked.  The murder has raised fears that militant groups are exploiting the political vacuum in the province, amid tensions around the issue of Brexit and a hard border.  The New IRA was formed in 2012, uniting several militant nationalist groups intent on violence, and has been involved in several attacks, including the separate killings of two prison officers.  

Flights diverted due to drone sighting at Gatwick

On Sunday, three flights were diverted after the possible sighting of a drone at Gatwick Airport.  A spokesperson said that the initial report had come from an Aer Lingus pilot, and that an investigation was underway.  The three flights landed at Gatwick around 90 minutes after their scheduled arrival time, although the airport remained operational throughout the incident.  A suspected drone sighting closed the airport for 33 hours in December, causing disruption to around 140,000 passengers.  Both Gatwick and Heathrow are investing heavily in systems to prevent future drone incidents. 

Power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland expected to resume after local elections

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Ireland's Leo Varadkar have said in a joint statement that power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland are set to be resumed soon. Further details are expected to be announced later on Friday. Negotiations are expected to kick-off from early-May, just after the local elections in Northern Ireland. The power-sharing talks between Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) collapsed in January 2017. The announcement comes coincidentally after the death of journalist Kyra McKee, who died in violent rioting in Londonderry. The PM has denied that the two incidents are connected. Negotiations are expected to involve major political parties in Northern Ireland as well as the Irish and UK government. Among the main grievances between the Sinn Fein and the DUP are issues concerning same-sex marriage and the Irish language.

Kings Cross and Euston stations evacuated over fire alerts

Both Kings Cross St Pancras and Euston stations in London have reportedly been evacuated over fire alerts on Friday afternoon. Reports indicate both stations were evacuated by the police around 14:00 local time. The British Transport Police have released a statement, indicating the fire alerts were issued after a faulty underground train passed through both stations on the Victoria Line. Disruptions should be expected throughout the afternoon.

Calls for probe into leak about Huawei involvement in 5G network

Calls have been made for Theresa May to launch an enquiry into how secret discussions by Cabinet members about Chinese telecom company Huawei's potential role in the UK's 5G network, were leaked to the press.  According to reports, the government is ready to allow Huawei to provide "non-core" technology for improvements to the country's mobile network, despite concerns about national security. The US has effectively banned the giant telecoms firm from its' own infrastructure amid concerns that it is linked to the Chinese government, with New Zealand and Australia following suit.  Any Cabinet member found to have leaked information and therefore the ministerial code, would be forced to resign and face the possibility of a criminal investigation under the Official Secrets Act. Cabinet Office minister David Lidington said in the Commons that no decision had yet been made on the matter, and said that findings from the ongoing government review would be released "in the proper way".  

Environmental protestors disrupt services in London financial district

Extinction Rebellion protestors have climbed on top of a DLR train at Canary Wharf station in East London to disrupt public transport in the area.  The group, who have recently brought parts of central London to a standstill for days to highlight a climate-change emergency, said they were targeting the financial district.   Other members of the group glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange building.  

New IRA admits responsibility for journalist's death in Londonderry riots

The New IRA has reportedly admitted to being responsible for the death of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead after violent rioting broke out during a police raid in Londonderry. In a statement published by The Irish News, the group has said: “In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces. The IRA offer our full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death.” The group accused the police of inciting the riots, which broke out overnight on Thursday when police officers served warrants in Creggan. McKee was shot while standing near a police van alongside other journalists. PSNI said that a 57-year-old woman was arrested under the Terrorism Act.

Journalist shot dead after violent riots break out in Londonderry

A 29-year-old journalist has been killed after a shooting broke out during a police operation in Londonderry. Lyra McKee was killed when violent rioting erupted on Thursday evening when police officers were serving several weapons search warrants in Creggan. She was standing near a police vehicle with other journalists when she was shot. Two teenagers have been arrested. PSNI said that both suspects were detained under the anti-terrorism law. It is believed that they are linked to dissident members of the New IRA, which has been responsible for several incidents in recent months. Police raids happened ahead of the Easter holidays. PSNI said that dozens of petrol bombs were fired at police officers when the riots broke out. Both the Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) condemned the riots.

Heathrow and Luton Airport to be affected by strikes

Ground staff, including baggage handlers and check-in staff, are set to strike at Heathrow and Luton Airport from Friday 26 April to Friday 3 May.  Delays and congestion are to be expected, and passengers are advised to allow extra time for airport processing before their flight.

Significant disruption reported on London tube services

London tube services are reporting significant disruption on Thursday, due to multiple signal system faultls.  The Circle, Hammersmith and City, District and Metropolitan lines as well as trains to Heathrow Airport are affected.  Replacement bus services are in place, but passengers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys, and there may be lingering disruptions for the remainder of the day.  

Three injured in cargo ship explosion near Cornwall

According to reports, three people have been injured in an explosion on a cargo ship off the coast of Cornwall.  Those injured are believed to be Chinese nationals, and have been taken by helicopter to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, and were later transferred to specialist burns units.  The ship, Great Aspiration, is believed to sail under the flag of Hong Kong, and has been taken to Mount's Bay where the damage can be assessed.  The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed. 

Actor shot dead in Edinburgh

On 17 April, an actor who starred in the Trainspotting 2 film, was shot dead in Edinburgh.  According to preliminary reports, the incident happened at around 20:00 local time when a disturbance broke out in Chester Street in the city's West End.  Forty-two year old Bradley Welsh was found in the street with gunshot wounds to the head, and died at the scene.  Police are appealing for witnesses.

Public wi-fi shut down to thwart environmental protests

Police shut down the public wi-fi on the underground on Wednesday in a bid to stop climate change activists organizing further protests to disrupt the underground network.  The Extinction Rebellion group have already protested in Parliament Square, Waterloo Bridge and Marble Arch, causing disruption to over 50 bus routes in the capital.  Around 290 people have been arrested in the last 48 hours.  The group has apologized to commuters but claim an emergency and that "we are at a critical moment in our humanity's history".  Mayor Sadiq Khan said that while he appreciated the passion of the protesters about climate change, he was concerned about their plans to disrupt the Underground, particularly at a time when he was trying to encourage people to use public transport.  Scotland Yard said that around 500,000 people had been affected by the protest.  Extinction Rebellion is calling for an ecological emergency to be declared, and say that direct action is needed to force governments to act urgently on climate change. 

Three boys arrested in school arson attack

A number of children were evacuated from a school in Chippenham on Tuesday, when a fire spread from nearby foliage to school buildings.  The children were taking part in a holiday camp at Ivy Lane Primary School, and all were evacuated safely, with no injuries reported.  The initial blaze was thought to have been started by a group of teenagers, and three boys were later arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.  Police later reported that the damage caused to the roof of the building was substantial, and it was fortunate that nobody was hurt during the incident.  

Glasgow Airport strike suspended

On 15 April, a proposed strike at Glasgow Airport planned for Tuesday 16 April, was suspended.  Although no agreement had been reached between the parties over the salary dispute, airport officials said that significant progress had been acheived.  If negotiations fail, further industrial action and disruption is possible. 

Number of arrests at climate change protests rises

Scotland Yard has confirmed that 113 people have now been arrested in connection with the climate change protests organized by environmentalist group Extinction Rebellion, which brought London to a standstill on Monday.  Further demonstrations are expected on Monday, and later in the week throughout the country.

Shell headquarters attacked by environmentalists

Several people have been arrested when the Shell headquarters in London were vandalised during an environmentalist protest in the city by the Extinction Rebellion group against fossil fuels.  The building was vandalised with graffiti and some of the glass doors and windows were smashed when the demonstrations turned violent.  A major police deployment has been reported in the area.

Ukrainian ambassador's car rammed in London

A man who rammed his car repeatedly into the Ukrainian ambassador's parked car outside the embassy in London, has been sectioned under the mental health act.  The incident happened at 10:00 local time on Sunday outside the embassy building in Holland Park.  Police opened fire, and tasered the driver before arresting him on suspicion of attempted murder.  He was subsequently detained under the mental health act, and authorities said that the incident was not terror-related.

Environmental group stage protests in London

Protests are to be staged around London on Monday 15 April by environmental group Extinction Rebellion.  Traffic is expected to be blocked at Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Parliament Square, Piccadilly Circus and Waterloo Bridge, and further demonstrations are expected in the coming days.  A heightened security presence is to be expected throughout the city, together with significant traffic disruptions.  

One dead and 22 injured in Isle of Wight bus crash

A double-decker bus collided with two cars in Newport on the Isle of Wight on Sunday afternoon, leaving one woman dead and 22 people injured.  Three air ambulances and more then 15 emergency staff were deployed at the scene, with detectives investigating the cause of the incident and the road closed for several hours.  According to preliminary reports, a car pulled out in front of the bus, forcing it into the path of another car and killing the driver, who was in her 60s.  The bus driver was also believed to be seriously injured.  Extra staff were called in to nearby St Mary's Hospital to cope with the influx of patients.  

Brexit Party established in UK

Former-UKIP leader Nigel Farage has established the new Brexit Party in response to the recent extension on the UK's departure from the EU. Speaking to press in Coventry on Friday, Farage said he wants a "democratic revolution" in UK politics and plans to field MEP candidates for the European elections in May. "I said if I did come back into the political fray it would be no more Mr Nice Guy and I mean it", said Farage. UKIP has criticised the Brexit Party as a mere catalyst for Farage, with critics noting very little-to-no substantial policy difference to UKIP.

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange detained at Ecuadorian embassy in London

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been detained at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange has been refuged at the embassy for nearly seven years since he was accused of sexual harassment in Sweden. Ecuador President Lenin Moreno has said in an official statement that: "In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols". He further said that the latest incident that Assange was involved in the leaking of Vatican documents in January. President Moreno also accused Assange of meddling in other countries' domestic affairs. Since being elected, President Moreno has vowed to solve the situation involving the Australian whistleblower. Assange has been granted asylum by Ecuador's former president, Rafael Correa, who is now currently exiled in Belgium. According to the Met Police, Assange "has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates' Court as soon as is possible". UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has praised the move and thanked President Moreno and the Ecuadorian government for their cooperation with the FCO.

EU grants Brexit delay until 31 October

The EU has granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit after PM Theresa May requested a second extension on the deadline. The decision followed five hours of talks in Brussels. The PM had asked for an extension until 30 June, in a bid to avoid the UK leaving the EU without a deal on Friday 12 April. Having wanted a shorter delay than the Halloween date given by EU leaders, the PM maintains that the UK will still aim to leave the EU as soon as possible, although the UK must now hold European elections in May, or leave on 01 June without a deal. European Council president Donald Tusk advised British politicians not to waste the six-month extension. The further delay to Brexit could threaten the PM's position as leader of the Conservative party, with government MPs warning a leadership contest could be called after Easter.

Cumbria shipyard evacuated amid bomb reports

A shipyard in Cumbria has reportedly been evacuated amid reports of a bomb. The Devonshire Dock Complex in Barrow-in-Furness was evacuated as a precaution following a bomb warning on Wednesday. The shipyard builds and maintains the UK's nuclear submarines. According to Reuters, unconfirmed reports have suggested the evacuation was triggered over warnings of a bomb on an Astute-class nuclear attack submarine.

Suspicious packages trigger evacuation at shopping centre in Milton Keynes

A store at a shopping centre in Milton Keynes has been evacuated after two suspicious packages were found on Monday morning. Thames Valley Police has Tweeted that CentreMK's John Lewis store is currently being evacuated as a precaution, while a cordon is also being set up. Road closures are currently in place and people have been advised to avoid the area. TVP has informed that the packages have been checked and declared safe.

Flood alert issued in Herefordshire

A flood alert has been issued for parts of Herefordshire following heavy rainfall. The Environment Agency has warned of the potential flooding of property, roads, and farmland in low-lying areas along the River Lugg after heavy rain and snow raised river levels. Low-lying areas to the east of Hereford city and south of Leominster have been identified as high-risk, with roads between Stoke Prior and Mordiford subject to possible road closures. Bodenham, Lugwardine, and Hampton Bishop are also likely to be affected.

UK asks EU for further Brexit extension

UK PM Theresa May has written to the EU's European Council President Donald Tusk to ask for a further extension to Brexit. The first extension delayed Brexit from 29 March to 12 April as the PM struggled to get a deal passed by parliament. The new extension requests asks for Brexit to be delayed further still, until 30 June, due to the fact that no withdrawal deal has been approved by MPs yet, despite weeks of talks and several rounds of votes on a variety of options, with none winning a clear majority of support in the House of Commons. If the EU were to accept May's request, it would mean the UK may have to field candidates for European Parliamentary elections on 23 May, although the PM has stated she hopes MPs will agree a withdrawal deal before then. The second extension request comes ahead of a EU leaders summit next Wednesday.

Dozens of Flybe services cancelled due to operational reasons

Dozens of Flybe flights were cancelled on Wednesday due to operational reasons. Most flights affected are domestic flights within the UK. Operations were mainly affected in Belfast, Birmingham, Southampton, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Newcastle. CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener has said that up to 95 percent of scheduled Flybe flights will operate as normal. Passengers flying with Flybe have been recommended to directly contact the airline for further information.

Police respond to another stabbing in north London

A man in his thirties has been stabbed in the same north London area where four others were injured over the weekend. According to the Met Police, the latest incident was reported in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Edmonton. The attack happened on Fairfield Road. Police are still investigating a potential link between the incidents. The Met Police has said that a man was arrested in Edmonton Green. Detective Superintendent Luke Marks said: "While at this stage the incident has not yet been formally linked, the location and manner of this attack will be of concern to the public. Our advice continues that the public remain vigilant, and to contact police regarding anyone acting suspiciously. You will see additional uniformed patrols in the Edmonton area; if you have any concerns, please speak with my officers immediately.”

Four stabbed in a series of knife attacks in north London

At least four people have been stabbed in a suspected wave of attacks reported in north London. Incidents were reported on Saturday evening and in the early hours of Sunday morning across Edmonton. According to the Metropolitan Police, it is believed that the incidents were random. Two suspects have already been detained, while the police investigate potential links to mental health issues. Two victims were severely injured. Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Smillie told the BBC that:  "Police are treating the incidents as potentially linked. The four victims are all from different backgrounds and appear to have been selected at random due to them being alone and vulnerable". According to the Home Office, London has reported the most knife-related incidents in England and Wales in 2018 - since 2014, the number of offences involving a knife or sharp instrument has increased in England and Wales. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said that the police have  now been given more extensive stop and search powers in an attempt to tackle knife crime.

House of Commons reject PM May's Brexit deal

MPs have rejected for the third time Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit agreement. In a vote held on Friday afternoon, her deal received 286 votes in favour and 344 votes against. A new date for a default UK departure for the EU has been set for 12 April - if the deal was approved, the EU agreed to delay Brexit until 22 May. The vote happened on 29 March, the initial date set to the UK leave the EU. Some protests are expected to take place around the Houses of Parliament in London. In response to the vote, European Commission President Donald Tusk said: "In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have decided to call a European Council on 10 April." The vote happened two days after MPs rejected eight alternative Brexit options. Another round of indicative votes is set to take place in parliament on Monday.

Suspected gunman detained at St Paul's Cathedral, London

Areas around the St Paul's Cathedral in London have been cordoned off after a suspected gunman was arrested. According to the BBC, police officers rushed to the scene on Friday afternoon after an armed man pointed a fire weapon at a security guard. Reports suggest that the suspect pulled the trigger but fired no bullets. City of London Police has said that "there is no indication this incident is terror-related". 

NCSC report highlights long-term security risk of Huawei

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of GCHQ, has released a report criticising Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei, as a long-term security risk. The report comes as the UK government decides whether or not to allow the Chinese company to launch next generation 5G networks in the country. The NCSC stated it could provide "only limited assurance that the long-term security risks can be managed in the Huawei equipment currently deployed in the UK". The company's reputation has been damaged in recent years after they were accused of spying on behalf of the Chinese government, carrying out industrial and political espionage.

Severe disruption reported on Eurostar services to London

Severe disruption has been reported on Eurostar trains from Paris's Gare du Nord station to London St Pancras. Over the next few days, several services from the station to London St Pancras have been cancelled. French customs officers have been staging industrial action which has been affecting the Eurostar services since earlier this month. Disruption is expected to last until at least Wednesday 03 April. Eurostar has advised travellers to "not travel during this period unless necessary". French customs officers are staging a number of strikes ahead of the UK's departure from the EU. Trade unionists demand wage increases and better working conditions on behalf of French customs officials ahead of Brexit. For further information, travellers are advised to directly contact Eurostar.

One wounded in London stabbing

A person has been wounded in a stabbing incident in London. An 18-year-old male was reportedly injured in a knife attack on Tuesday afternoon. According to local reports, the incident occurred near Thyme Close in the Blackheath area. The police have launched an investigation, although no suspect or potential motive have been identified thus far.

Disruption as large fire breaks out in Southampton

Travel disruption has been caused around the city centre of Southampton after a large fire broke out in a building in the Harrison's Cut area near St Mary's football stadium. The blaze has forced emergency response teams to close the A33 Kingsway and St Mary's Street as more than 50 firefighters tackle the fire. It's been reported that the fire broke out in a timber-framed building which was under construction at the time. No casualties have been reported while it remains unclear what may have caused the fire in the first place.

Three ministers quit over Brexit

Three junior government ministers from the Conservative party have quit their positions over an ongoing row in parliament over how the UK leaves the European Union (EU). Thirty Conservative MPs rebelled against PM Theresa May in the vote yesterday, including Richard Harrington, Alistair Burt, and Steve Brine - who all resigned from their posts. The government was defeated by 27 votes as the Commons voted in favour of the cross-party amendment, which will allow MPs to put forward motions for the Brexit plan. The vote came about after MPs rejected May's deal and refused to vote on any substantially similar proposal. According to the BBC, MPs will no be able to vote on a number of options on Wednesday - likely to include a 'softer Brexit'. "The votes could led to an outcome that is un-negotiable with the EU", warned the PM on Monday.

Police respond to armed suspect in Croydon

The police have responded to reports of an armed suspect threatening people in Croydon, south London. The suspect allegedly rang the police claiming to have a gun and threatening to kill people near Lower Addiscombe Road on Tuesday morning. Reports indicate the police attempted to approach the man sat in his car at the road's junction with Pagehurst Road; however, a stand off began when the suspect indicated he has a gun. The police have closed surrounding roads and are attempting to resolve the situation peacefully.

Eurostar disruption continues

Severe disruption has continued to affect the high-speed train service between London St Pancras in England and Gare du Nord in Paris, France. The travel disruption has entered its third week as trade unionists demand wage increases and better working conditions on behalf of French customs officials ahead of Brexit. Delays of up to five hours have been reported at the French customs checks, with Eurostar officials advising passengers to avoid the service between London and Paris, seeking alternative means of transport where possible.

One killed in Fulham stabbing

A person has been confirmed dead following a stabbing incident in Fulham, London. The incident occurred in the early hours of Friday morning on Gowan Avenue, where a 29-year-old man was reportedly stabbed to death during a street-fight. Although the police responded to the scene, the suspects managed to escape and no arrests have been made thus far as investigations go forward.

Three teenagers crushed to death in Cookstown, Northern Ireland

Three teenagers have been crushed to death during a St Patrick's Day event in Cookstown of County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. A 17-year-old female and two males, aged 16 and 17, were confirmed dead after a large crowd rushed the entrance of a St Patrick's Day party at the Greenvale Hotel. As of yet it remains unclear precisely what triggered the incident; however, Northern Irish police have stated that they are investigating unconfirmed reports of a commotion near the front of the queue, as well as reports of fighting which allegedly broke out after the incident occurred.

MPs overwhelmingly reject Prime Minister's Brexit deal

Prime Minister Theresa May's revamped Brexit deal has been overwhelmingly rejected in a vote on the House of Commons. For a second time, Prime Minister May's deal was rejected. 391 MPs voted against, while 242 voted in favour. The margin of defeat (149) is lower than in the first vote, which was rejected by 230 votes. In total, 75 Conservatives rebelled against the deal, while three Labour MPs voted in favour. The deal was also unanimously rejected by the government coalition partner, Northern Ireland's DUP. The PM headed to Strasbourg to meet with EU officials in a last-minute pledge to change the Irish backstop, one of the main issues in the negotiations. MPs are set to vote on Wednesday on either to accept a no-deal scenario. If the vote fails, another vote will be held on Thursday on either to extend Article 50.

Two killed in avalanche on Ben Nevis, Lochaber

Police Scotland is currently leading search efforts after several climbers were feared caught in an avalanche on Ben Nevis, Scotland. Several local police forces are coordinating efforts to locate the victims. The avalanche reportedly happened before 11:50 local time on Tuesday. Police later said that two climbers were killed. Ben Nevis is located in Lochaber. The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) has issued a high alert for the risk of avalanche in the region. Alerts are also in place in Torridon, Creag Meagaidh, Northern and Southern Cairngorms, and Glencoe.

Police investigate IRA over suspicious parcels in London and Glasgow

Police in Scotland and England are reportedly investigating the potential involvement of the Irish Revolutionary Army (IRA) with the explosive devices recovered in London and Glasgow last week. BBC reported that detectives investigating the case said that a claim of responsibility was issued from a group claimed to be linked to the IRA. At least four suspicious parcels were sent to addresses in London and Glasgow. Authorities confirmed that some of them contained Irish stamps and are believed to be linked. The police said that they are following all lines of investigation.

Storm Gareth to bring adverse weather to most parts of the UK

Adverse weather conditions are forecast to batter most parts of the UK until Friday as Storm Gareth approaches the country. The Met Office has issued several weather alerts to Northern Irelands, Wales, Scotland and northern England, where strong winds reaching up to 100kmp/h are expected. Some localised floods have been reported in some areas, while travel disruption may occur until the end of the week. Rail services may face delays and flight disruption in some airports are possible. Gareth is the third named storm this year. It comes a week after Storm Freya lashed England and western Europe. For further information, people are advised to follow updates from the Met Office.

PM May to travel to Strasbourg in final push for her Brexit deal

Prime Minister Theresa May is reportedly heading to Strasbourg, France, in the last push for her Brexit deal. Although her trip has not been officially confirmed, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said that she is heading to the European Parliament to "try to finalise an agreement". Theresa May's deal is set to face a so-called 'meaningful vote' in the House of Commons on Tuesday. If the vote is rejected, two other votes may follow later in the week. One of the issues of debate continues to be the Irish backstop, which the government seeks to make significant changes to secure the support of the cabinet and some hardline Brexiteers - changes which are facing resistance from the EU. In the last vote held in January, Prime Minister May's deal suffered a massive defeat. The UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March. 

Eurostar services face disruption due to French officers' strike

Eurostar services between the UK and France are currently facing severe disruption due to an ongoing strike action called by French customs officers. Eurostar has informed that three services were cancelled on Monday morning, while disruption is expected to last until Tuesday. Services from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord and Lille are among those impacted. Meanwhile, Eurotunnel has informed that their services are running on time. For nearly a week, customs officers in France are staging walk-offs ahead of the UK departure from the EU. Workers are calling for better working conditions and higher salaries.

Suspicious package recovered at Glasgow University, Scotland

A suspicious package has been destroyed after being recovered from a building at Glasgow University. Police Scotland said that they are working closely with officers to assess if the package is linked to other three explosive devices recovered across three major transport hubs in London. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson told the BBC that: "The package sent to the university was not opened and no-one was injured. A controlled explosion of the device was carried out this afternoon by EOD. There are similarities in the package, its markings and the type of device that was recovered in Glasgow to those in London. Therefore, we are now treating it as being linked to the three packages being investigated by the Met in London and both investigations are being run in tandem". Some buildings at the university were evacuated but no casualties were reported. Authorities are still investigating the potential motive behind the suspicious packages and said that they are following all lines of investigation.

Scotland and Wales vote against Brexit

Both the Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly held simultaneous votes on Brexit yesterday, with the results of both votes representing clear opposition to the UK government's Brexit deal. The votes signify the widespread deep division amongst British politicians over the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The votes are unlikely to have any real impact on the Brexit deal as it stands, but are more of a symbolic gesture at this stage.

Passengers treated for sickness on board flight to London

Two passengers on a chartered flight from Barbados have been quarantined after a falling ill on board. A Virgin Atlantic flight landed on Wednesday morning at London Gatwick Airport after an eight-hour flight from Bridgetown. BBC reported that 30 people were examined and treated. According to reports, the passengers were returning to the UK after a cruise in the Caribbean. MSC Cruises said: "What we do know is that on MSC Preziosa, no cases of acute gastroenteritis have been reported in the past 14 days." A Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman said that: "There is no reason to believe this is anything other than an isolated incident".

London police respond to suspicious packages at three major transport hubs

London police have been called to respond to suspicious packages at three major transport hubs serving the capital city. Heathrow Airport was the first to report an incident on Tuesday morning, prompting police to investigate a suspicious package at a building near the airport boundary, evacuating staff members briefly before confirming the situation had been made safe. Just hours later, the police were called upon to respond to two more suspicious packages, one at London City Airport, and another at Waterloo train station. Evacuations have been carried out under precautionary measures; however, flight operations and train services remain unaffected at both City airport and Waterloo. According to reports, a specialist team has been dispatched to Waterloo, where a small cordon remains in place.

Brexit talks to be held in Brussels

Brexit talks are due to be held in Brussels, where the UK's Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, is expected to hold talks with the EU. It's believed the talks will focus on negotiations surrounding the backstop plan, as Barclay aims to secure guarantees to avoid border security checks between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Met Office warns of severe weather

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for Sunday for central and southern parts of the UK.  Storm Freya will bring very strong winds and intense rainfall, with warnings of potential power cuts and damage to buildings and trees.  Britain has enjoyed the warmest February day on record this week with temperatures reported in excess of 20 degrees centigrade. 

MP suspended over remarks about anti-Semitism

Labour MP Chris Williamson has been suspended from the Party after he made remarks about their handling of anti-Semitism.  According to reports he suggested that Labour had been "too apologetic" over the issue.  He has said that there is no evidence to support his suspension.  Mr Williamson, who is the MP for Derby North, faces an investigation that could see him kicked out of the Labour Party, and although he initially issued an apology, he now says that he will fight to clear his name.  

Agriculture Minister resigns over Brexit delay

George Eustice, the Agriculture Minister, resigned on Thursday in protest over the possibility of a delayed Brexit.  Mr Eustice said that he wished to be "free to participate in the critical debate in the weeks ahead".  

Huge wildfire breaks out in West Yorkshire

A large wildfire has broken out in West Yorkshire, where fire crews have been tackling the blaze since Tuesday evening. According to the BBC, the fire broke out around 19:30 GMT on Tuesday and has spread quickly due to dry conditions to cover approximately 1.5 sq km of land near Marsden. It remains unclear what caused the fire, which has come as Britain experiences unusually warm weather for February, with records broken for the warmest winter day on Monday and then again on Tuesday as temperatures surpassed 20 degrees Celsius - temperatures more typical of early June and the beginning of summer.

Teenager killed in Birmingham stabbing

A 17-year-old boy has died after he was stabbed to death in Birmingham on Monday afternoon. According to the BBC, the victim was found by the police with serious injuries on Norwood Road in Bordesley Green. The incident is said to be the third fatal stabbing of a teen in Birmingham within the last two weeks. A police investigation has been launched, although no arrests have been made thus far.

PM offers MPs a vote on delaying Brexit

British Prime Minister (PM) Theresa May has offered MPs a vote on delaying Brexit or ruling out a no-deal, if they reject her deal next month. According to the BBC, May's statement comes amid the threat of further revolt by Remain-supporting Tory MPs. A 'meaningful' vote on her withdrawal agreement was already promised by 12 March; however, if MPs reject her deal, they will be asked to vote on ruling out a no-deal Brexit on 13 March. If that fails, then MPs will be asked to vote again the following day on extending the two-year negotiation process as laid out by Article 50, to delay the UK's departure from the EU. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused May of trying to draw out the Brexit process. The UK is currently due to leave the EU on 29 March, with no withdrawal deal agreed yet.

Baggage handlers to strike at Luton Airport

Baggage handlers at Luton Airport (LTN) are to stage a week-long strike from 06:00 local time on Sunday 3 March.  Flight delays and disruption to baggage services are to be expected.  Travellers are advised to confirm the status of their flights before leaving for the airport.

Dozens evacuated in Accrington care home fire

On Sunday 24 February over 100 people had to be evacuated from a care home after fire broke out.  The incident happened at the Springhill Care Home in Accrington at around 09:30 local time.  No injuries were reported, but several people had to be treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.  The fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault.

Flight operations at Southampton Airport disrupted

On Monday 25 February, flight operations at Southampton Airport (SOU) are disrupted due to an aircraft suffering a tyre blowout on landing.  Staff are working to clear the runway, but flights are suffering delays which may continue for the rest of the morning.

Significant delays reported at London airports

All London airports are reported delays because of poor visibility due to fog.  London City Airport (LCY) also reported problems with air traffic control staffing issues.  Passengers should check with their airline before leaving for the airport.

Boy shot at London tube station

A 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital on Thursday following reports that he had been stabbed during an argument with other youths at Barking tube station.  On arrival at hospital, medical staff discovered a bullet in his abdomen.  Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place at around 23:30 local time on board a Hammersmith and City train.  

Several injured after holiday park ceiling collapse

Around 18 people suffered minor injuries when a ceiling collapsed at Brean Sands Holiday Park in Somerset.  Fire services reported that the incident happened at around 18:20 local time.  According to reports around 100 people were in the family clubhouse when around 40 metres of structural ducting and ceiling panels fell onto tables below, leaving electrics exposed.  The emergency services used airbags to remove rubble and ensure no-one was trapped, after which the scene was made safe.  The incident happened during half-term holidays when the park, which is operated by Pontins, was full to capacity. 

Cumbrian coastline warned of flooding risk

Two major weather warnings have been issued for heavy downpours today, with residents in Cumbria from Gretna to Silloth told to take care near the shoreline due to tidal surges.  A further 26 flood alerts have been issued for the River Avon, Mersey Estuary and coastlines in Somerset, North Devon and Cornwall.  

Drone exclusion zone around airports to be increased

With effect from 13 March, a drone exclusion zone of 5 km is to be imposed around Britain's airports, an increase from the existing limit of 1km.  Police will also gain new stop-and-search powers to help clamp down on violations like the incident that closed London Gatwick for 36 hours in December, causing disruption for more than 120,000 people.  Recklessly endangering an aircraft can lead to a five-year prison term, with intentional acts of violence attracting a life sentence.

Vodafone launches 5G services at Manchester Airport

Vodafone has launched 5G internet at Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal One as part of their UK-wide trial in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester.  The 5G network will enable fast speeds and quick response times even in busy locations.

No-stopping zones enforced at Leeds Bradford Airport

On 20 February, the authorities have imposed no-stopping zones on the approach to Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA).  The "Red Route Clearway" zones on Whitehouse Lane, Victoria Avenue, Warren House Lane and Harrogate Road are intended to reduce congestion and improve security against terrorist attacks.  Vehicles are forbidden to stop in the area for any reason.

Armed man arrested in Leicester Square

A man was arrested in Leicester Square in the capital on Tuesday morning, after members of the public alerted police that he was carrying a gun.  Police officers tackled the man to the ground and detained him at around 09:45 local time.  They later confirmed that the firearm was a "realistic imitation", and that the incident was not terror-related.  

Spanish warship challenges UK ships in Gibraltan waters

On 18 February, Spanish warship "Tornado" ordered two commercial vehicles to leave British waters on the eastern side of Gibraltar where they were anchored.  When challenged by the British Navy, the warship moved away.  Tensions often erupt over territorial waters around Gibraltar, and have heightened with the approach of Brexit.  

Eleven arrested in connectionf with fatal stabbing in London

Eleven people have been arrested, after a man who had been stabbed ran into the lobby of a hotel near Euston Station on Monday night and collapsed.  He died at the scene later.  The suspects were taken into custody at separate police stations for further investigation.  The police are appealing for witnesses.

Suspicious package under investigation in Euston Road

Police are dealing with a suspicious package on the Euston Road on Tuesday morning, including the evacuation of several buildings in the vicinity.  The incident is affecting the area around the junction of Euston Road with Chalton Street.

Honda to close Swindon factory

Japanese car manufacturer Honda have confirmed that they will close their Swindon plant in 2021, with the loss of 3,500 jobs.  The company said that the decision has been made because of global changes in the car industry and their plan to launch more electric cars which will be manufactured in Japan.  The EU recently struck a deal with Japan to lower tariffs on car exports to zero which means there is little incentive to base manufacturing inside the EU.  

Seven Labour MPs form independent group

Seven Labour MPs have held a press conference to announce that they have resigned from the Party over issues of anti-semitism and the leadership, and will sit as an independent group in parliament.  Amongst the seven is Chuka Umunna who said they had "taken the first step" and urged other MPs, including members of other parties to join them "in building a new politics".  Mr Corbyn responded that he is "disappointed" that the seven felt unable to continue working with him, and the party that had "inspired millions".  

FlyBMI airline goes into administration

Hundreds of FlyBMI passengers have been left stranded at various destinations across Europe as the airline went into administration at the weekend and cancelled all flights.  The company said that the decision was taken due to increased fuel prices and uncertainty over Brexit.  Passengers are advised to book alternative flights to return home and contact travel agents and credit card companies for refunds.  The company has a total of 376 employees based in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.

Brother of IS fighters killed in Brighton

A 22-year-old man has died after a collision between at least two cars in Brighton and then being stabbed multiple times.  A 26-year-old man has been arrested after handing himself in.  The victim is the brother of two teenagers who were killed fighting for ISIS in Syria.  The incident happened at around 21:30 and an area of Elm Grove was cordoned off while an investigation was undertaken.  Police have appealed for witnesses.  

Reports of Labour Party split over Brexit

On 18 February, the media have reported on a possible split amongst Labour Party officials over Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and accusations of anti-semitism.  Any defections would be the biggest disruption to the Party since the 1980s when four senior figures left to form the Social Democrat Party (SDP).  John McDonnell, the shadow Chancellor, has warned that the move could cause a decade of Tory rule, with the risk that it would split the Labour vote within constituencies.  

Students to march for climate change

Thousands of students are expected to march throughout the UK on Friday, protesting about climate change and demanding the government take more proactive action.  Students are due to walk out of lessons for three hours from 11:00 local time.  Similar demonstrations have taken place in Belgium, Sweden and Germany, the Netherlands and Australia.  

Theresa May suffers fresh Brexit defeat

UK lawmakers voted against the government motion to reaffirm support for the Prime Minister's plan to seek changes to her Brexit deal on Thursday.  Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said that government "cannot keep ignoring Parliament...without a coherent plan".  

Southern airport operations disrupted by fog

The Met Office has warned of heavy fog across the whole of southern England on Friday morning, and all London airports are suffering delays and disruption up until 11am.

British teenager who joined IS asks to return to UK

A British teenager who left to join the Islamic State (IS) in Syria has reportedly fled the regime and asked to return to the UK. Shamima Begum, now 19, left the UK when she was 15-year-old, flying from Heathrow to Turkey with two school friends to cross into Syria and join IS ranks. All three girls were soon married off, although one was allegedly killed in a Russian airstrike, while the fate of the third girl remains unclear. Begum stated that she has no regrets, and that seeing severed heads didn't faze her, but wanted to return to the UK because she was nine-months pregnant. Both of her first two children had died in Syria - one from malnutrition. Currently, Begum is one of 39,000 in a refugee camp in northern Syria. According to the BBC, Begum is seen by the British government as an IS supporter, meaning it's possible the government may assist her return to the UK if she gets to a country with a recognised government; however, Begum will undoubtedly be subject to investigation and may face time in prison for supporting a terrorist group.

Three elderly men found dead in Exeter

A murder investigation has been launched after three elderly men were found dead in Exeter. According to the BBC, the body of an 80-year-old man was found on Bonhay Road on Monday, while 84-year-old twins Dick and Roger Carter were found dead at a property on Cowick Lane on Tuesday. The deaths have been linked by police, who are questioning a 27-year-old man in connection with both incidents - which reportedly shared a number of common factors, including the level of violence used. Cordons and road closures remain in place at both properties and local residents have been advised to check-in on elderly members of the community following the shocking murders.

Strike action announced for South Western Railway

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) has announced strike action for 22 February, 9 March and 16 March on South Western Railways. The industrial action is part of an on-going dispute regarding the role of guards on trains.  Disruption and cancellations are to be expected and passengers are advised to allow extra time for journeys or find alternative routes.

Flood alert issued for York

The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the River Ouse in York as a result of persistent rainfall.  They advise the public to monitor the situation through news channels and social media and avoid low-lying footpaths in the area.

Security company warns of airline e-ticketing weaknesses

Security company Wandera has warned that airlines are using unencrypted links for their e-ticketing systems, that leave them vulnerable to hackers.  They say that this could enable third parties to view, and potentially change, a users flight booking details as well as accessing boarding passes.  The company said it had shared it's concerns with government security agencies and recommended that airlines adopt encryption throughout the boarding process.  

Substantial rise in stabbing injuries reported

The National Health Service (NHS) has released figures which show a substantial rise in injuries to young people by knives or sharp objects.  According to their figures a total of 1,012 people aged between 10 and 19 were admitted to hospital with stabbing-type injuries last year, which is a 54 percent increase over the same period five years earlier.  A total of 103 people under 24 years of age were killed by sharp objects in the year ending March 2018, up from just 58 in 2012/13.  

Two killed in London police pursuit

A man and a woman have been killed after their car collided with a coach on the A40 in Acton, West London during a police pursuit.  A third occupant of the vehicle has been hospitalised.  According to preliminary reports, the vehicle was being chased by police in connection with an aggravated burglary.  The road has been reopened, but delays and disruption are likely for the remainder of the day as an investigation is undertaken.  

Man arrested in search for Hull missing student

A man has been arrested as part of the search for missing student Libby Squire in Hull.  The 21-year-old girl had been on a night out last Thursday and was dropped off outside her home by a taxi, but was last seen on a bench nearby in a distressed state.  The suspect is a Polish national who lives with his wife and children a short distance away from where Libby was last seen, and has apparently told police that he stopped to help the girl because she was crying.  

Storm Eric to hit Northern Ireland and the north of England

A yellow warning for rain has been issued for Northern Ireland and the north of England on Friday, with the possibility of power cuts and flooding.  Fallen trees are a possibility, and bridges and ferry routes are likely to be closed due to high winds.  Several flood alerts are in place across the south west and central England despite the fact that these areas are not directly in the path of the storm.  

M1 northbound closed following serious accident

The northbound carriageway of the M1 between junctions 20 and 21 was closed on Thursday following a serious collision between four heavy goods vehicles.  The incident happened at 03:45 local time in Lutterworth, Leicstershire.  One person has been hospitalised with life-threatening injuries.  Police have urged motorists to find alternative routes as delays are likely to continue throughout the day.  

Met Office warns of gale force winds

The Meteorological Office has warned of gale force winds on Thursday, with blustery weather lasting into the weekend.  The bridge at the Dartford Crossing has been closed as a precaution, and more than 100 homes in Cornwall suffered power cuts as trees fell onto power lines.  The Severn Bridge is also suffering closures due to adverse conditions.  In Scotland, there is likely to be heavy and persistent rain, with as much as 60 mm forecast for higher ground.

Eight injured in Batley explosion

An explosion at a residential block of flats in Batley, West Yorkshire, left windows smashed and eight people injured on Wednesday evening.  The incident happened at around 18:50, and police, ambulance and the bomb squad were deployed although the cause was thought to be a gas leak.  Neighbouring properties were evacuated and roads closed as a precaution.  

PM meets Northern Ireland politicians over Brexit

On Wednesday, Theresa May is holding talks with Northern Ireland's five main political parties in an attempt to reassure them that she can secure a Brexit deal that avoids customer checkpoints on the Irish border.  Mrs May is due to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday to discuss changes to her Brexit deal, although the EU has said that it is not prepared to renegotiate  the withdrawal agreement.  

Two arrested after fatal stabbing in Battersea

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager was fatally stabbed in Battersea on Tuesday evening.  The 19-year-old victim was declared dead at the scene.  Despite the arrests, police have appealed for witnesses to the incident, which happened in a residential street at around 20:30.

Four children killed in Stafford house fire

Four children died in a house fire in Stafford overnight, while their parents and another child were hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries. The blaze apparently broke out at around 02:30 local time in the end of terrace house in the Highfields area, and fire crews battled to contain the fire which had caused the roof to collapse.  An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

Yellow warnings continue for snow and ice in Scotland

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for snow and ice for Scotland on Monday.  Significant disruption to road and rail transport are likely.  Individuals in the area are advised to monitor local weather reports and avoid any unnecessary travel.  The rest of the UK is experiencing milder temperatures.  

Football player's plane found in English Channel

A spokeswoman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said on 4 February that the small plane carrying Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot, had been found.  Mr Sala was travelling from Nantes in France to his new club Cardiff City on 21 January when the Piper Malibu light aircraft vanished from the radar around 20 kilometres north of Guernsey.  Suspected debris from the plane had been found on a Normandy beach on Wednesday, and a private recovery company hired by the footballer's family said that the wreck was spotted on Sunday.  Over 300,000 euros had been raised by contributors to a crowd-funding page for the family to continue the search, after authorities had called it off.  

EU agrees to visa-free travel after Brexit

EU leaders have agreed that UK citizens will be able to travel within Europe without a visa for 90 days in every 180 day period, even if there is a no-deal Brexit.  The UK has agreed the same arrangements for EU travellers to the UK.  The visa waiver is designed for business and travel but does not allow individuals to work.  

Snow and ice cause travel chaos

The UK has experienced the coldest night since 2012, with temperatures in some areas falling to -15.4 centigrade. The Met Office has warned drivers to take care on the roads, as hundreds of people in the south-west became trapped in their cars on Thursday night. There are also warnings of flight cancellations and delays at all UK airports. Thousands of schools have been closed for the day, and local authorities have cancelled services including rubbish collections, while Ambulance Services have warned pedestrians to take care on roads and pavements, particularly those which have not been gritted. 

Met Office issues severe weather warning for the South West

The Met Office has issued a "danger to life" warning for some parts of the UK as temperatures hit the lowest level for seven years.  The amber warning has been issued for the South West, and comes with warnings of risk to life and property, travel delays and road and rail disruptions due to heavy snow.  The less severe yellow warning has been issued for the remainder of the UK with snow, ice, fog and strong winds forecast.  Temperatures in Braemar, Scotland, dipped to -14.4 centigrade on Thursday morning.

MPs' break cancelled over Brexit

The usual February break from Parliamentary affairs has been cancelled amid fears about how prepared Britain is for Brexit in March.  Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said that she was "sorry for the inconvenience", but that "our constituents will expect that the house is able to continue to make progress at this important time".  Seven important pieces of law need to pass in parliament before 29 March.  

Delays reported on M25 near Gatwick

On 31 January, a serious road traffic accident on the M25 has led to serious delays near Gatwick Airport.  Severe congestion is building up at Junctions 10 and 11.   There are no reports of any casualties, but motorists have been advised to allow extra time for their journeys. 

Theresa May mandated to return to Brussels

An amendment to the Brexit deal backed by Theresa May's government has passed Parliament, giving her a mandate to return to Brussels to negotiate changes to the Irish backstop agreement.  The amendment, which was suggested by backbencher Sir Graham Brady, seeks to replace the Irish backstop with "alternative arrangements".  A non-binding motion was also passed that made it clear that the House of Commons will not countenance a no-deal Brexit and although it cannot legally prevent such an event, it acts as a symbolic move. However, a spokesman for European Council President Donald Tusk said that "the withdrawal agreement is not open for renegotiation".  On Wednesday afternoon, Mrs May will meet with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss Brexit, and she will also have a telephone conversation with Mr Tusk in the evening to discuss the latest developments.

Three charged with security guard stabbing on New Year's Eve

Three men have been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a doorman at a private party in London on New Year's Eve.  Tudor Simionov was killed as he tried to prevent people gatecrashing the private event at the Park Lane property.  Two of his colleagues and two other people were also stabbed, but have recovered from their injuries.  One suspect handed himself in to police, while the other two were detained in police raids at London premises.  One of the suspects sustained injuries during the arrest.  Two further men are being sought in connection with the incident, and are considered by police to be "dangerous individuals". 

Good Samaritan stabbed in Bromley knife attack

A woman had to be hospitalised after she was stabbed while trying to save a man from a knife attack on Tuesday afternoon.  The incident happened at around 16:40 local time when she saw a man being attacked, and tried to intervene.  Both the attacker and the intended victim fled the scene and have not been traced.  The woman's injuries are non life-threatening.

Flights operations suspended at Manchester Airport due to snow

The runways at Manchester Airport have been closed due to overnight snow.  Flight operations are suspended until at least 10:30 local time, with flight delays and possible cancellations for the remainder of the day.  Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline before leaving for the airport.  

MPs to vote on Brexit amendments

On Tuesday afternoon, speaker John Bercow will announce which possible amendments to Theresa May's Brexit deal are to be debated, with voting taking place in the Commons from 19:00 local time.  MPs have been tabling proposed changes to her deal since she lost the vote on her original deal earlier in the month.  The proposals include ruling out leaving the EU with no deal, or delaying Brexit from its' scheduled date of 29 March.  

Road accident affects road travel to Bristol Airport

A serious accident on the A38 on Tuesday morning is affecting road travel to Bristol Airport.  According to preliminary reports, the incident occurred at the Rooks Bridge intersection, causing the road to be closed, although no injuries have been reported.  Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes or allow extra time for their journey.

Inclement weather warning issued for most of the country

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow for England, including London, eastern, south-eastern and East Midlands, for Tuesday 29 January until Wednesday 30 January.  Some snow is also expected for Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern Wales.  Transport disruptions are to be expected including air, road and rail traffic.  

Stockpiling reported in preparation for no-deal Brexit

According to reports, Britain has spent around £23 million stockpiling food, fuel and ammunition at military bases around the world in case of a no-deal Brexit.  The government plan, codenamed Operation Yellowhammer, is intended to reduce disruption and affects military bases in Cyprus, Gibraltar and the Falklands.  

Environmentalists take over Brighton shopping centre

Around 80 environmental protesters took over the Churchill Square shopping centre in Brighton on Saturday to highlight the problem of climate change.  The group, called Extinction Rebellion Brighton, included a choir, who sang their anthem, called "this is an emergency".  They said that humans are facing an unprecedented global emergency and warned of severe consequences, such as floods, wildfires, extreme weather and crop failure if goverments failed to act.  

Shooting reported in Merseyside

A shooting incident has been reported in Merseyside, where the police are responding to the scene in Bootle. Local reports indicate the incident unfolded overnight at a residential property on Litherland road, where a cordon has since been established. Gunshots were allegedly heard inside the house and a vehicle outside the property has also been damaged. No casualties have been reported thus far.

Police investigate security incident in Londonderry

A residential area in Londonderry has been evacuated as the police investigate a security incident. PSNI has informed on Monday afternoon that several residences around the Circular Road area were evacuated after three masked men hijacked a vehicle during the morning. The Independent reported that this is the second security alert reported in Londonderry on Monday. Earlier, a Royal Mail van was also hijacked and abandoned. The alert comes hours after a car bomb exploded outside a courthouse in the city. Four suspects with alleged links to the New IRA have been arrested for suspicious links to the blast.

Four arrested over Londonderry bomb attack

Four arrests have been made in connection to a bomb attack which was carried out in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry over the weekend. The blast occurred on Saturday, when a pizza delivery van was reportedly hijacked, fitted with a crude bomb, and abandoned outside the courthouse on Bishop Street. A warning which was called into the Samaritans and passed on to the police enabled security personnel to evacuate the immediate area in the minutes before the bomb detonated, meaning no casualties were inflicted. According to the BBC, the police suspect the attack was carried out by the new IRA.

One killed in Doncaster pub shooting

At least one fatality has been confirmed following a shooting incident at a pub in Doncaster. The South Yorkshire Police responded to reports of a shooting at the Maple Tree pub on the Woodfield Plantation estate in Balby on Thursday night. According to local reports, it's thought the victim, 21-year-old Tom Bell, was killed in a targeted drive-by shooting, although investigations remain ongoing.

House of Commons overwhelmingly rejects Brexit deal

MPs have rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal. In a vote held at the House of Commons on Tuesday, her deal to leave the EU received 202 votes in favour and 432 votes against. Nearly 140 members of the Conservative party broke party lines and chose to vote with the Labour opposition. Members of the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish National Party (SNP) and  Plaid Cymru also rejected the deal. Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) also voted against the deal; however, DUP's leader Arlene Foster said that she would support the government in the upcoming no-confidence vote on Wednesday.

MPs to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May Brexit deal

Members of Parliament are set to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May deal to leave the EU. PM May is currently running against the clock to convince her party and coalition partners of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to back her deal, which is scheduled to be voted on in the House of Commons at 19:00 local time. Dozens of conservatives are expected to break party lines and join the opposition in the vote. Alternatively, she urged MPs to back her agreement over the potential risk of a no-deal Brexit or even the possibility of remaining in the EU. Major concerns regard the so-called Northern Irish backstop, a special arrangement aimed at keeping open borders between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland - this is at risk as the UK is planning to leave the customs union and the single market. In the event her deal is rejected, she may face increasing political pressure to resign, face a no-confidence vote or be forced to call for general elections - however, she will have three days to come up with a 'plan B' if her deal is initially rejected. The UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March.

Top Tory ministers contradict each other over Brexit

Defence Secretary Gavin Wilkinson said on Friday that Britain would "succeed regardless" of how the UK leaves the EU, but in contrast, Business Secretary Greg Clark said that leaving without a deal would cause "incalculable damage" to British industry.  MPs continue to debate the issue in the House of Commons ahead of a vote on Tuesday.  Theresa May has warned that the only way to avoid a no-deal Brexit is to back her deal, while some of her party think Britain should just "walk away", and revert to trading with Europe on World Trade Organization rules.  Opponents of the no-deal scenario argue that the consequences would be severe, including disruption to supplies of food and medicine and chaos at ports and airports.  

Ex-MI6 chief says Brexit threatens national security

Ex-MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove was warned that Theresa May's Brexit deal "cuts across the fundamentals of ... our national security policy".   He cites NATO, the close military relationship with the US and the Five Eyes intelligence network in a letter to the government.  

M56 closed due to death on carriageway

On the evening of 10 January, the M56 motorway was closed at Wythenshawe due to a fatal incident.  According to reports, a woman died after falling from a bridge on to the carriageway.  The closure spanned three junctions westbound, affecting traffic from Manchester and Stockport towards Manchester Airport and Cheshire.  

Corbyn to repeat demands for a general election

Jeremy Corbyn is to repeat his demand for Theresa May to call a general election, saying that if the government is unable to pass its' most important legislation, there is no alternative.  The Prime Minister postponed a pre-Christmas vote on her Brexit deal in expectation of defeat, and there is so far no sign of a significant shift in attitudes amongst MPs despite government efforts.  

M6 closed due to police incident

The M6 was closed in both directions on Wednesday evening, as police stopped a lorry carrying 27 suspected migrants.  The driver was arrested, and the road remained closed for around three hours, affecting hundreds of motorists.  The incident happened at around 17:45 local time, and a number of the suspected migrants fled and were later detained by police.  The 27 individuals were medically assessed and transferred to immigration officials, and the motorway was reopened at around 21:30.

PM loses Brexit vote in Commons

PM Theresa May has lost a key Brexit vote in the House of Commons. The BBC has reported that the government lost the vote by 11 votes after a group of rebel Tory MPs sided with the opposition, leading to a 308 to 297 result. The defeat will mean May has three days to present a 'Plan B' if her EU withdrawal deal is rejected by parliament next week. The PM is said to have arranged new proposals for Northern Ireland which she hopes will persuade enough MPs to support the deal; however, Labour has reportedly threatened to file a no-confidence motion in the government if her deal is voted down.

Boy stabbed to death after vehicle collision

A 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Waltham Forest yesterday following a road accident at around 18:30 on Monday.  According to reports, the boy had been riding a moped which was in collision with a car, when three men got out of the vehicle before stabbing the victim and then driving off.  He was pronounced dead at the scene half an hour later. 

May suffers fresh Commons defeat over Brexit

Theresa May suffered a fresh defeat in the Commons on Tuesday, as MPs passed a motion to make it harder for ministers to force through a no-deal Brexit.  The amendment, which prevents ministers from introducing new tax rises in the case of a no-deal scenario unless MPs have specifically voted in favour of leaving the UK without an agreement, was passed by 303 votes to 296.  More than a dozen Conservatives voted with the opposition parties in the run-up to next week's vote on Mrs May's Brexit deal, which is widely expected to be defeated.  

M42 closed following pedestrian death

On 9 January, the M42 northbound has been closed between Junction 10 at Tamworth and Junction 11 at Appleby Magna, after a pedestrian was hit and killed on the carriageway.  The incident happened at around 03:00 local time.  Southbound carriageways were also affected as police erected privacy screens.  Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Heathrow resumes flights after drone sighting

On 8 January, flights were temporarily disrupted at Heathrow Airport as a "precautionary measure" due to sightings of a drone in the vicinity.  Flights from the west London airport resumed about an hour after the incident was declared at 17:45 local time.   A Heathrow spokesperson said that they were working with Air Traffic Control and the Metropolitan Police to resolve the issue, and apologized to any passengers who were affected by the disruption.  The incident comes less than a month after three days of chaos at Gatwick Airport following multiple sightings of a drone, and one day after the government announced increased police measures when investigating drone-related incidents.  

Fifty MPs demand police action over protests outside parliament

Police are considering whether any crimes have been committed, after Tory MP Anna Soubry was heckled as a "Nazi and a liar" during a TV interview outside parliament yesterday, before being surrounded as she returned to the building.  At least 55 MPs have written to Met Commissioner Cressida Dick, warning of "serious concerns about public order and the security situation".  A string of MPs and journalists have been harangued by protesters during recent weeks, including Sky News' political editor Faisal Islam who was racially abused.   

Man appears in court accused of murder on train

A 35-year-old man has appeared in court accused of murdering a man on a train last week.  Darren Shane Pencille repeatedly stabbed Lee Pomeroy, who was on the train with his teenage son, and the 51-year-old was pronounced dead in the carriage at Horsley station on Friday.  A manhunt followed, and Pencille was arrested on Saturday, together with a female who is accused of helping the killer leave the scene and change his appearance to avoid detection.  The pair will appear in court by video link at the crown court in February.

New legislation proposed for illegal drone use

On 7 January, the Transport Secretary said that police would be given new powers to tackle illegal drone use.  Chris Grayling said that new legislation will give police the power to search premises with a warrant, and seize drones including electronic data, where a serious offence has been committed.  The move comes following major disruption at Gatwick Airport in December following numerous sightings of a drone.

Lorry park exercise held in Kent

An exercise was held in Kent on Monday to test plans for border disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  A convoy of 89 lorries took part in a simulation at a disused airport near Ramsgate in Kent, on a 20-mile route to the port of Dover.  The Road Haulage Association said that the process should have begun months ago and was "too little too late".  A spokesman from Kent County Council said that the simulation was intended to see how long lorries would take to get from the area to the various points, and that the number of participants was irrelevant.  Around 10,000 lorries visit the Channel port every day.  

Parliament set to vote on Brexit deal on 15 January

The House of Commons is set to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal on 15 January. Government sources told the BBC that the vote is scheduled to take place next Tuesday. The Brexit debate is set to resume on Wednesday. The vote was supposed to occur back in December, but it was suspended ahead of the parliamentary recess. The opposition claims that such came as the government did not have enough support to back the PM's deal. PM Theresa May reiterated that the UK is leaving the EU on 29 March regardless of the results of the parliamentary vote.

UK airports to get anti-drone technology

Heathrow and Gatwick airports are to get invest millions of pounds on anti-drone technology.  The announcement comes following disruption at the Sussex facility before Christmas when around 1,000 flights were disrupted over a period of three days due to drone activity.  The military was brought in by the government and the Ministry of Defence said that personnel from the Royal Air Force were also deployed.  Recreational drones must remain in the sight of the operator at all times, must not fly within 50 metres of people, vehicles and buildings, no higher than 122 metres and not within one kilometre of an airport perimeter.  

Navy and RAF to patrol English Channel amid migrant crisis

The Home Secretary has announced that the Navy and RAF will be brought in to patrol the Channel to assist with the migrant crisis, as at least 139 people have been caught attempting to reach Britain by boat. Sajid Javid has attracted criticism after questioning whether those arriving were "genuine" asylum seekers and suggested they should try to claim refuge in France instead.  There have been no further migrant arrivals since the New Year, but this may be due to poorer sea conditions.  

Northern Rail announce strikes every weekend in January

Northern Rail have announced that the RMT Union will take strike action every Saturday in January in a dispute over driver-only trains.  Services are likely to run only until 17:00 on each of the strike days.  David Brown, Managing Director at Northern said that more than 50 percent of all rail journeys in the UK are made on driver-only trains and that a second person responsible for customer service, safety, ticketing and information would be on board, and asked the RMT Union to suspend damaging strike action.  The mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham has criticised the rail operator for their handling of the strike action which has taken place over the last 12 months.

Three dead in Lincolnshire house fire

Three people died in a house fire in Lincolnshire on New Year's Day, with police launching a murder investigation as a result of their enquiries.  Police suspect that the person who started the blaze was one of those who died.  The incident took place in the village of Kirton, and despite the emergency services arriving within 10 minutes, the property was completely engulfed in flames.  Two people were taken to hospital but discharged.  Officers said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the blaze.  

Two injured in workshop explosion

On 2 January, two people were injured in an explosion at a vehicle repair workshop in Hampshire.  The incident took place at 16:00 in Denmead near Waterlooville.  Eight fire engines and over 50 firefighters were deployed to the scene which was eventually extinguished at 18:00.  Two men were taken to hospital with minor burns.

Minibus overturns in Scottish borders

One person has been killed and 23 injured when a minibus overturned between Carfraemill and Gordon on Saturday.  The incident happened at around 10:50 and no other vehicles were involved.  The crash was declared a major incident, with those injured being taken to Borders General Hospital, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow.  The A6089 road was reopened at 21:00 and an investigation was underway to establish the cause of the accident.

Migrants intercepted by Border Forces off Kent coast

On 27 December nine migrants including three children, were intercepted in a small boat off the coast of Kent. Helicopters and rescue boats were patrolling the English Channel following a spate of attempted crossings during calm waters.  Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said that the number of recent incidents was "deeply concerning", and that attempting to cross the Channel in this manner was "extremely dangerous".  While no official figures are available, reports suggest that around 180 people attempted to cross the Channel in November.  Christmas Day saw migrants picked up in five different locations, with more incidents reported on Boxing Day.  The majority of the migrants have presented themselves as Iranian.   

Police testing anti-drone bazookas at Heathrow

The Metropolitan Police are testing anti-drone bazookas at Heathrow Airport (LHR).  According to reports, the devices fire a mortar-like projectile which releases a net to snare a flying drone at a range of 130 yards.  The move comes following the presence of a drone at Gatwick Airport in December which closed the facility, affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers.  

Manchester train station stabbing treated as terrorist incident

The stabbing at a train station in Manchester last night is being treated as a suspected terrorist incident. Three people including a police officer were stabbed during the attack at Manchester Victoria at around 20:50. A man has been detained on suspicion of attempted murder.

London Gatwick suspends operations over new reports of drone sightings

Flights to and from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) are currently suspended after new reports of a drone sighting. Operations were gradually returning to normal during the morning and afternoon after the airport was closed since Wednesday evening. However, on Friday evening, new reports of a drone sighting near the airport's runway reemerged. Travellers are recommended to check for flight status updates with their respective airlines before heading to LGW.

Flights to and from London Gatwick resume after runway closure

Flight to and from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) have resumed after drone sightings forced LGW to preventatively close its runway on Wednesday evening. LGW has informed that several flights are scheduled for arrival and departure on Friday, but some restrictions are still being applied. Travellers are still advised to contact their respective airlines for flight status updates. Some cancellations and delays may still occur throughout the day.

Flights to and from London Gatwick remain suspended after drone sighting

Flights to and from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) remain suspended on Thursday morning after drones were spotted flying over the runway. LGW has advised travellers to check for updates with their respective airlines before heading to the airport. Traffic has been suspended since Wednesday evening, forcing several flights to be diverted while investigations are still ongoing. Further information is available on the LGW Twitter page.

Flight disruptions reported at London Gatwick

Flight disruptions are currently being reported at London Gatwick Airport (LGW) after reports of two drones flying over the airfield. LGW has informed on Wednesday evening that all flights were temporarily suspended while the issue is investigated. Reports suggest that some flights are being diverted to other airports. Travellers are advised to contact their respective airlines for further flight status updates.

Three stabbed at doctor's surgery in east London

Three people were stabbed near a doctor's surgery in Tower Hamlets on Wednesday.  The incident happened at around 11:00 local time, and a man was detained at the scene.  Police have said that the attack was not terror-related.

Planning for no-deal Brexit accelerated

Theresa May's government is to identify policies that will be shelved to free up resources for a no-deal Brexit scenario.  With 100 days to go until Brexit on 29 March 2019, businesses are being advised to start their own contingency plans, but business groups have criticised politicians for focusing on in-fighting instead of preparing for exit from the bloc.  The European Commission is publishing legislation to ensure continuity in eight key sectors on a temporary basis.  These cover data protection, plant and animal health, customs, climate policy, financial products and the rights of British citizens living elsewhere in the European Union.    

Strikes to hit London Underground lines

Rail, Maritime and Transport union members who work for Transport for London (TfL) are planning a 24-hour strike on the Waterloo &City Lines and the Central line for Friday 21 December.  The industrial action will start at 20:00, and extra bus services will be available. Travellers are advised to leave extra time for their journeys, as other lines are expected to be busier than usual.

Russian Embassy website hacked

On 17 December, the Russian Embassy in London reported that its' website was hacked, allegedly from the UK.  Reports indicate that the breach involved publications about UK involvement in Ukrainian affairs among other items.  

Flood and rain warnings across whole of the UK

The Met Office has warned that two week's rain is likely to fall today in parts of the UK, amid warnings of flooding.   South Wales, south-west England and southern parts of the country will be worst affected.  A wind warning was also in place for some parts of western Wales, northern England.  

Delays on Glasgow motorway due to flooding

On 18 December, delays were reported on the M8 motorway in Scotland, due to flooding.  According to reports, one lane has been completely closed.  Travel to Glasgow Airport (GLA) may be affected and travellers are advised to leave extra time for their journeys.  Met Office forecasters have predicted further severe weather across the UK, with heavy rain and gales.

South-west rail services disrupted due to severe weather

Disruption has been reported to rail services in Devon and Cornwall due to severe weather, with heavy rain and strong winds battering the area.  

Lorries tip over on Scottish ferry

Emergency services are on the scene in Wigtownshire, Scotland, after an incident on the ferry between Larne and Cairnryan port at around 07:30 on Tuesday.  According to preliminary reports, several articulated lorries had tipped over on the top deck, and another on a lower deck due to extreme weather conditions.  No-one is believed to be injured, but ambulances, fire engines and police are at the scene.  

Brexit vote to take place in January

Prime Minister Theresa May has delayed the vote on her Brexit deal until the week of 14 January.  She has rejected suggestions that there should be a second referendum, saying this would be "a betrayal of the British people". 

Russian cargo ship runs aground off Cornwall

A Russian cargo ship has run aground near a beach in Cornwall in the early hours of Tuesday morning as the area was pounded by strong winds, heavy rain and large waves.  The 16,000 tonne Kuzma Minin is stranded off Gyllyngvase Beach near Falmouth, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has launched a rescue mission.  According to local sources, they plan to refloat the ship at high tide later today.  There are 18 crew on board, and no cargo.  The Kuzma Minim is owned by the Murmansk Shipping Company and has apparently been held in the Netherlands for the last seven months due to alleged debts. Forecasters have issued yellow weather warnings for Cornwall and nearby areas in southern England and South Wales.   

Norovirus outbreak reported in Cornwall

UK health officials have confirmed that over 140 cases of norovirus have been reported in Cornwall in the south-west of England.  Norovirus is highly contagious and is spread by contact with an infected person or contaminated surfaces.  Symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and nausea, which can lead to dehydration, particularly in the elderly and the very young.  There is no medication to treat the virus.  A health warning has been issued, together with the advice to wash hands regularly, particularly before eating or preparing food, washing fruit and vegetables prior to consumption, and cleaning and disinfecting any surfaces touched by an affected person.  

Rail disruption between Glasgow and Aberdeen

On Monday 17 December, a fault with a signalling system has caused disruption to rail services between Glasgow Queen Street and Aberdeen.  Trains expected to travel from Inverness to Aberdeen will terminate at Perth with a bus replacement service available for the remainder of the journey.  

Armed police storm plane at London Stansted Airport

A Ryanair flight was forced to return to London Stansted on Thursday, when a fight started between two passengers.  Armed police boarded the plane on arrival and detained one person for public order offences.  Passengers completed their journey to Lisbon on an alternative aircraft after a short delay.

Anti-terror raid conducted in Newcastle

Specially trained police officers and members of the SAS co-operated in an anti-terror raid in Newcastle earlier this week.  A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.  Residents of the quiet residential area were evacuated in the raid which was apparently prompted by an MI5 investigation into a "lone wolf" attack.  According to preliminary reports, no explosives were found at the property, but the suspect remains in detention.  

Theresa May survives no-confidence vote

Prime Minister Theresa May survived a vote of no-confidence on Wednesday evening by 200 votes to 117, and will remain as the Tory leader.  The result means that she is immune from another challenge for a year, but she has already confirmed that she will not fight the next election.  Mrs May now resumes her Brexit negotiations with the EU, leaving for Brussels on Thursday morning.  

Thirteen football fans jailed for violent disorder

Thirteen football fans from Aston Villa and Cardiff City have been found guilty of violent disorder and will serve between nine months and three years in jail.  Nine of the accused have also been banned from all UK football grounds for six years. Three further defendants have been convicted but have yet to be sentenced.  The sentence comes after a violent brawl outside a Cardiff pub which was captured on CCTV, and where fans threw bottles and fought violently in the street following a game between the two clubs in August 2017.  

Theresa May to fight leadership challenge

Theresa May said on Wednesday that she will fight the challenge to her leadership, and warned that any change would delay or imperil Brexit.  With less than four months until the UK is due to leave the European Union, she said that a new leader could not be in place by the 21 January deadline, so her party risked handing control of the Brexit negotiations to opposition MPs.  A ballot of Conservative party members will take place at 18:00 on Wednesday, with an announcement of the result expected to be announced shortly after 20:00 local time.  

SNP calls Labour Party to launch no-confidence motion against PM Theresa May

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has called on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to launch a motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Theresa May. The request was announced by SNP's Commons leader Ian Blackford, who was backed by the Liberal Democrats' Vince Cable. The Green Party's Caroline Lucas and the Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts also backed the request. The move comes after the PM postponed the vote on the Brexit deal.

Parliament on lockdown amid security incident

The Houses of Parliament have reportedly been placed on lockdown following a security incident at the main carriage gates. Preliminary reports indicate a male suspect was tasered by the police and has since been detained. The nature of the threat has not been confirmed and it remains unclear if the suspect was armed. According to the BBC, a man is being held by armed officers in an incident which the police have said is not terror-related.

Virgin Atlantic pilots to strike

Virgin Atlantic pilots who are members of the Professional Pilots' Union (PPU) have announced that they will strike for several days over the forthcoming festive period.  The dates affected will be Saturday 22 December to Tuesday 25 December, and Sunday 30 December to Wednesday 2 January, as well as Friday 4 January to Monday 7 January.  Virgin Atlantic has said that it does not anticipate disruptions to services, as only one-third of their pilots are members of the union, but delays and cancellations are possible.  Passengers are advised to consult their airline before travelling to airports.

Pro-Brexit rally takes place in London

On 9 December, thousands of pro-Brexit supporters marched from the Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane to Parliament Street.  The protest was organized by UKIP and was labelled the "Brexit Betrayal" rally. 

Court suggests that Britain could cancel Brexit

An advocate general of the European Court of Justice has said that the UK could unilaterally cancel Brexit by revoking Article 50, and would not need the agreement of the 27 EU member states..  The statement comes in response to a request from a cross-party group of Scottish politicians but is only a legal opinion and not binding.

Man shot dead outside West Belfast school

Two men have been arrested after a man was shot dead while waiting in his car to collect his son from a school in West Belfast.  CCTV footage shows a man in a high visibility vest approaching the luxury car, removing a gun from a bag he was carrying, and shooting the victim in the head, killing him instantly.  Police said that in total, the weapon was fired eight times, and they believe the incident may be linked to a feud between two crime families.  The school has been closed, and pupils and witnesses have been offered counselling and support.  

O2 mobile data services down

O2 mobile phone users were unable to use data services on Thursday following a technical fault, which they were investigating with "high priority".  Tens of millions of users are affected, including customers of Sky Mobiles, Tesco Mobile, Lyca Mobile and GiffGaff, which use O2 infrastructure.  The company has apologised for the inconvenience, and has blamed a software fault.

Government to release Brexit legal advice after Commons defeat

Prime Minister Theresa May has been ordered to publish the Brexit legal advice after opposition MPs passed a historic motion in the House of Commons. The government has been held in contempt after failing to release the document. Most opposition parties supported the motion, including May's coalition partner, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). The vote was approved with 311 votes in favour and 293 against. Tuesday's vote came just a day after a partial version the Brexit legal advice document was released to MPs. The withdrawal agreement with the EU will be voted at the House of Commons on 11 December.

Man gunned down near school in Belfast

A man has been shot dead when a gunman opened fire at his vehicle in Belfast. The Guardian reported that a man identified as Jim Donegan was waiting for his child inside his vehicle when he was targeted on Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened near the St Mary's Grammar School in West Belfast. According to the police, Donegan was approached by a man wearing a jacket with the word 'Security' written on it. The Police Service in Northern Ireland (PSNI) has said that investigations have been launched, while it remains unclear what the circumstances behind the attack are. The suspected shooter is still at large.

Rees-Mogg demands full legal advice about Brexit deal

Jacob Rees-Mogg has accused the Government of an abuse of constitutional law in not publishing the legal advice received about the Brexit plan which will go to the vote in one week.  The Tory Backbencher encouraged Mrs May to publish the information, or be considered in contempt of the House of Commons.  The incident came to a head on Monday after Attorney General Geoffrey Cox published a "reasoned position statement" rather than the full legal advice he gave the Cabinet.  

UK in favour of tightening Russian sanctions

According to Theresa May in a speech in the Commons, Great Britain is in favour of tightening sanctions on Russia following the attack on the Ukrainian navy in the Kerch Strait.  She called on Moscow to release the ships and the sailors who have been detained, and to facilitate the de-escalation of the situation in the region.  

DUP threaten to abandon support for Theresa May

The DUP have threatened to abandon support for Mrs May in a confidence vote over fears of a hard border for Northern Ireland, if she fails to get her Brexit deal through parliament next week.  The move would leave the Prime Minster without a Commons majority.  Labour has said that it would table a no-confidence vote if MPs vote down her proposals on Brexit on 11 December.  Labour's policy has long been to push for a general election if no Brexit deal can be reached.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn agree to live TV debate

Downing Street confirmed on Thursday that Theresa May will participate in a live TV debate with Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday 9 December at 20:00 local time.  Mrs May has embarked on a publicity campaign which will last two weeks as she tries to win support for her Brexit deal that has been backed by EU leaders.

Fresh alerts issued for severe weather

The Met Office has issued "Danger to Life" warnings for Thursday, particularly for south-west Scotland and south-west England.  Up to 35mm of rain could affect parts of Scotland today, and widespread strong winds will make "nasty driving conditions" nationwide.  Storm Diana which has come in from the Azores, has prompted the Met Office to issue the warnings, with hundreds of flights serving London airports also cancelled or delayed amid thick fog.  

Major incident declared at Southampton Hospital

Southampton's University Hospital declared a major incident on Wednesday morning, after a fire that caused a major power cut.  A spokesperson issued a statement saying that all staff and patients were safe, but that all non-urgent activity was cancelled.  The technical problem was later resolved but restrictions remain in place for appointments and visiting.  

Uber to be fined $1.17 million for 2016 data breach

On 27 November, British and Dutch authorities jointly fined ride-hailing company Uber the equivalent of $1.17 million for the 2016 cyber attack that exposed the personal information of around 57 million customers and drivers.  Britain's Information Commissioner's Office siad that the hack was entirely avoidable, and the fine was for the violation of data protection laws, and for taking inadequate security measures to prevent an attack.  Uber have said that they have made a number of technical improvements to their security "both in the immediate wake of the incident, and in the years since".

Severe weather warnings issued for Wednesday

On Wednesday 28 November due to Storm Diana a yellow weather warning has been issued for heavy downpours and strong winds.  The worst of the weather will hit the north and west of the country, with the most exposed westerly places along the coast from Cornwall to the Shetland islands most affected, but flood warnings have also been issued for the north-east.   Northern Ireland will see heavy rain between 09:00 and 12:00 local time.  Ferry sailings from Portsmouth to the Channel Islands have been cancelled, and Cork Airport expected several flights to be cancelled.   Storm Diana, named by the Portuguese weather service, will be the fourth major storm system to hit the UK this autumn.  

Major delays reported at London airports

Arrivals at all London airports are being regulated on Tuesday morning, due to reduced visibility.  Very high delays are reported at London Heathrow Airport (LHR), with delays expected to continue for the rest of the day.  London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and London City Airport (LCY) are similarly affected.  Passengers are advised to contact their airlines for updates.

EU leaders agree Theresa May's Brexit deal

The summit in Brussels on Sunday lasted only one hour before the 27 EU leaders gave their blessing to the agreement on the UK's withdrawal from the bloc and future relations.  Theresa May said that the deal "delivered for the British people" and urged both Leave and Remain voters to unite behind it to enable an "orderly withdrawal".  The UK Parliament is to vote on the deal on 12 December, but the outcome is not guaranteed with many Labour, Lib Dem, SNP and DUP MPs and many from Mrs May's own party set to vote against it.  Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission President said that if the UK rejected the deal and expected improved terms, they would be "disappointed".  If MPs reject the deal, the outcome could include leaving with no deal, attempting to renegotiate or a general election.

Support staff at Gatwick Airport launch 48 hour strike

On Monday at 05:00 local time, around 250 support staff at Gatwick Airport launched a 48 hour strike to call for a pay rise.  The move by the Unite Union comes as part of an ongoing dispute, and further action will take place on 21 December, affecting Christmas travel.  The workers, who are employed by firm Wilson James, claim that they earn less than workers who operate luggage trolleys at the airport, and suggest that their pay is less than the voluntary UK living wage of £8.75 per hour outside London.  Passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport and check their insurance in the event of flight cancellations.

Environmental protesters block York centre

Protesters from the Extinction Rebellion environmental group blocked Ouse Bridge in York on Friday, as part of a peaceful protest intended to demonstrate the need for more action on climate change.  The demonstration comes as similar protests blocked bridges in London causing widespread disruption.  

Spain demands written agreement over Gibraltar

The Spanish government has demanded a written promise from the UK on Gibraltar before the Sunday summit of EU leaders.  They are insisting that the future of the peninsula must be settled through direct talks between Spain and the UK, and not as part of a wider agreement.

GCHQ warns of cyber threats on Black Friday

The UK's cyber-security defence agency has warned that "Black Friday" sales could be targetted for cyber-crime.  The agency, which is part of GCHQ, has been involved in tackling more than 550 significant cyber-incidents this year and has eliminated almost 140,000 "phishing" websites set up by fraudsters.  Chief Executive Ciaran Martin said that the threat was "serious and sustained", and could include theft from retailers and attacks on the financial networks on which they depend.

Demonstrations outside Amazon premises on Black Friday

Protesters are demonstrating outside Amazon properties in the UK today against poor working conditions.  The move comes on one of the busiest days of the year for the on-line retailer, with Black Friday sales expected to break all records.  The protests have been organized by the GMB Union nationwide, and similar action is being taken in Germany, Spain and Poland.  Amazon said that their pay and conditions were above average with more than 25,000 people employed in the country.

Mystery substance washes up on Bridlington beaches

The public have been advised to take extra care when walking on beaches in Bridlington in East Yorkshire, while the authorities investigate a mystery substance that has washed up on beaches at Bridlington between Danes Dyke and Fraisthorpe.  

UKIP nominate far-right activist as adviser

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has nominated far-right activist Tommy Robinson as an adviser. Robinson is the founder of the English Defence League, which has been at the centre of violent anti-immigration protests. Robinson was appointed UKIP's adviser by party leader Gerard Batten, who chose to follow a strict anti-Islam rhetoric. It is claimed that Robinson will mainly advise Batten on grooming gangs and prisons. Since the Brexit referendum, the party has lost significant influence over a leadership crisis after its former chief, Nigel Farage, stepped down. 

Environmental protests cause traffic disruption in London

Environmental group Extinction Rebellion have been holding a number of protests in the capital since 21 November, and these are likely to continue until Saturday 24 November.  Demonstrators gather at Parliament Square at 07:00 each day and march through the city, often blocking traffic hubs such as Lambeth Bridge, Tower Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge.  Transport for London have reported that the gatherings have impacted services on public transportation and residents and visitors should allow extra time for journeys.

May schedules extra Brexit talks this weekend

Theresa May is to return to Brussels on Saturday in an attempt to complete a deal in time for Sunday's summit of European leaders.  London and Brussels have already agreed the draft terms of the UK's exit from the EU in March 2019 in the form of a 585-page document which covers citizens' rights, financial issues and the Irish border.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated that she will not attend the summit unless agreement on future co-operataion has been agreed in advance.  Meanwhile Spain is insisting on changes to the text that concern Gibraltar, and while they cannot specifically veto the deal, it could be problematic for other EU countries to press ahead without the support of Spain.  

Glasgow Children's Hospital in bacteria scare

The Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow is to impose water restrictions following a bacteria scare.  The hospital will be without running water on consecutive Thursdays, starting today, for four hours while deep cleaning takes place during the night in order to minimise any disruption.  NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said there are no safety concerns and the operation is being taken as a precautionary measure.  

Seventeen rescued in Manchester modern slavery raids

Seventeen people were rescued following dawn raids in Greater Manchester on Wednesday in a police anti-slavery operation.  Five addresses, including a takeaway were searched and two people were arrested under the Modern Slavery Act.  According to preliminary reports, police had received a tip-off in June about people being trafficked to work in the UK in unacceptable conditions.  Police are appealing for witnessses to any incidents of modern slavery.  Those rescued are being interviewed by Greater Manchester Police, and assisted y the Red Cross.

Huge fire reported at Orpington bus depot

A huge fire has broken out at Orpington bus depot in  south east London in the early hours of Thursday morning.  Around 60 firefighters were deployed to tackle the blaze for more than three hours.  Around 30 vehicles were moved to safety, but according to preliminary reports seven buses were completely destroyed and a further four badly damaged.  The incident happened at around 04:00 local time, and no injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is not known. 

Spanish PM to reject Brexit deal over Gibraltar

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said that Spain will reject the Brexit deal if there is no clarification on the status of Gibraltar.  Mr Sanchez said that the relevant article in the draft agreement is "ambiguous", and demanded the future right to discuss the status of the peninsula bilaterally with the UK.  He said a few weeks ago that he "had no significant concerns over Gibraltar", but now says that one specific article has been added last week to the draft agreement which had not been seen by Spanish negotiators.  Spain ceded Gibralter under a 1713 treaty and has tried several times to regain control over it, although a 1967 referendum saw 99.6 percent of residents vote to remain British, leading to the border being closed until 1985 when Spain joined the EU.  A proposal for joint sovereignty was also rejected by Gibraltarians in 2002.  Gibralter has its' own tax system with a corporate tax rate of 10 percent, attracting financial services and online gaming companies who make up 40 percent of the economy.  

Spanish PM to vote against Brexit deal over Gibraltar article

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said on Tuesday that he will vote against the Brexit agreement if no changes are made regarding Gibraltar. PM Sanchez said during a conference in Madrid that: “As of today, if there are no changes with respect to Gibraltar, Spain will vote no to the agreement on Brexit". Prime Minister Theresa May has recently confirmed that the Brexit deal was already reached on its entirety. Sanchez reiterated claims that the issue is not being clearly addressed. Such regards Article 184 of the deal, which will define the future UK-EU relationship. Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borel said: “We want the interpretation to be clear in that text that the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU will not apply to Gibraltar”.

Customers' data exposed in Vision Direct data breach

More than 16,000 customers of the contact lens retailed Vision Direct may have been affected in a data breach. Vision Direct has said in a statement that: "Between 12.11am GMT 3rd November 2018 and 12.52pm GMT 8th November, the personal and financial details of some of our customers ordering or updating their information on was compromised." Reports suggest that the data was stolen via a fake Google Analytics script. Data affected include "full name, billing address, email address, password, telephone number and payment card information, including card number, expiry date and CVV". Vision Direct has advised customers to contact their respective banks and follow their advice.

May says withdrawal deal is agreed in full

Theresa May has told business leaders that her withdrawal deal from the EU has been "agreed in full".  Some Tory MPs continue to seek late changes to the deal, and there has been widespread criticism of the draft 585 page agreement, which is due to be signed off at a summit this weekend.  Two cabinet ministers resigned over the proposed deal, and speculation continues over whether the number of MPs submitting letters of no-confidence in her will reach the number required to trigger a vote on her leadership of the Conservative Party.  Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator has called on all parties to "remain calm and focus on the future agreement". 

Four stabbed in North London knife attack

Four men in their twenties were stabbed in a knife attack in London at 18:00 local time on Sunday evening.  The incident, which took place in Edmonton in North London, followed a drive-by shooting which took place exactly 24 hours before in the same area, when three men who were travelling in a minicab were hospitalized for gunshot wounds.  Police have said that they believe the two incidents are related.  On Monday, one man had been arrested in connection with the incidents. 

Woman injured in London machete attack

On the evening of 16 November, a woman was injured in a random machete attack in South London.  The incident took place at around 19:18 local time on Rathmore Road, Charlton, in the capital, and the victim was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.  Police have launched an investigation.

Major disruption at Waterloo station

On Monday morning, major disruption has been reported at Waterloo station due to engineering works that have over-run.  There are no South Western Railway (SWR) services between Surbiton and Waterloo, and delays and cancellations are expected for the rest of the day.

Anti-racism march to be held in London

On Saturday 17 November, the Stand Up to Racism group are set to march in London.  Participants will meet at Portland Place at 12:00 local time and march on to Whitehall.  Travel disruption and heightened security in the area is to be expected.

Rees-Mogg submits letter of no-confidence in Prime Minister

Member of Parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg has handed in a letter calling for a vote of no-confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May.  Although he denied that he was seeking to put himself forward as leader, he said that Mrs May's Brexit deal was "worse than anticipated, and fails to meet the promises given to the nation".  The move comes amid a spate of resignation from the cabinet in the last 48 hours, and if sufficient Tory MPs support the move, Mrs May could be forced to quit as party leader.

Brexit Secretary resigns over draft deal

Brexit Secretary Dominica Raab has resigned over the draft deal presented to the cabinet yesterday. Raab stated that he could not support the deal with a clear conscious due to the inclusion of the so-called 'backstop' plan, which would see Northern Ireland remain in the EU's customs union for a period after the UK leaves the EU. According to the BBC, Raab believes the arrangement could threaten the integrity of the UK. Several other government ministers have followed suit, sparking concerns Prime Minister Theresa May might face a no-confidence vote. Although the draft deal managed to get passed by the cabinet, it's become evident that a significant portion of Tory ministers strongly oppose the provisional withdrawal agreement.

Brexit deal reportedly agreed on 'technical level'

Cabinet ministers are set to take part in an emergency meeting to discuss a preliminary draft Brexit agreement which was reportedly reached between the UK and the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May have the task of convincing sceptical cabinet members to pursue the deal, which has been reached on a technical level. Among the main challenges is the Irish border issue. Such has generated rising concerns from the Northern Irish coalition partner, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). If approved, EU member states are set to launch an emergency summit to discuss further arrangements, while the bill will be passed to the House of Commons for discussion.

Asylum not offered to Asia Bibi

The UK government has reportedly decided not to offer asylum to Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, who was recently acquitted amid a blasphemy case which sparked nationwide protests in Pakistan. According to reports, it was feared that granting Bibi asylum in the UK could stir up civil unrest and negatively impact relations with Pakistan - putting British embassies at risk. The UK government has not issued an official statement on whether or not Bibi has been offered asylum, although unconfirmed reports suggest she has accepted an offer of asylum from an alternative Western country.

Jo Johnson resigns as transport minister over Brexit

Transport Minister Jo Johnson has resigned over Brexit. Johnson said in a statement: "Given that the reality of Brexit has turned out to be so far from what was once promised, the democratic thing to do is to give the public the final say". He is an MP for Orpington and also the Minister for London. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that he is confident that the Brexit deal will be reached within three weeks. On the other side, former Brexit Secretary David Davis has called on MPs to vote against Prime Minister Theresa May's deal in order to negotiate for a better outcome. 

Lord Mayor's Show triggers road closures in the City of London

Most roads across the City of London will be closed throughout Saturday due to Lord Mayor's Show. Organisers said that road closures in the City will last from 07:00 local time. Buses will also have their routes diverted. Large crowds are expected to attend the event, that will kick off on 11:00. The parade will take place between Mansion House and the Royal Courts of Justice. Roads in Westminster are also expected to be closed due to Remembrance Day events.

Potential disruptions may impact flights at London Heathrow

Potential flight disruptions may impact London Heathrow Airport (LHR) after a runway lightning issue was reported on Wednesday morning. Although both runways have now been reopened, travellers are advised to check for flight status updates before heading to LHR.

London Underground workers launch strike action

London Underground workers on the Central Line and Waterloo&City Line launched a 24-hour strike on Wednesday. The strike went ahead after workers' unions failed to reach an agreement on staffing and working conditions. Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that another strike on the Piccadilly Line was called off. Severe disruptions are being reported on both lines due to extremely limited services. Normal operations are set to resume on Thursday. Travellers are advised to follow TfL alerts and anticipate larger crowds than usual across alternative routes.

Border Force find 21 immigrants in foreign lorry

UK Border Force personnel at Newhaven port have found 21 illegal immigrants in a refrigerated lorry which was entering the UK from France. Among the immigrants were 15 children, who have been transferred to social services, and six adults - two of whom have already been deported from the UK while the other four remain in immigration detention centres while their cases are considered. According to the BBC, all 21 immigrants were identified as Vietnamese nationals. The driver of the lorry was a 29-year-old Romanian man, who has been charged with assisting unlawful entry into the UK.

Teenager killed in London stabbing

A 16-year-old teenage boy has reportedly been killed following a stabbing incident in Brixton, south London. The Metropolitan Police have confirmed the attack occurred at an estate in Greenleaf Close in Tulse Hill on Monday night. According to the BBC, the teenager was waiting to be picked up by his parents when the attack took place. Local witnesses have reported seeing a large black vehicle - thought to have been an Audi - driving away from the scene. No suspects have been identified and the motive behind the murder remains unclear as investigations continue.

Two injured in ongoing incident in London

Armed police are on the scene at the Sony Headquarters in west London on Friday, where preliminary reports indicate that two people have been injured in a knife attack.  The building was evacuated as a precaution and one individual has been arrested.  Officials say that the incident is not terror-related.

Million mask march to take place in London

Online activist group Anonymous have called for three major marches in London, Washington and the Vatican, and associated demonstrations worldwide, beginning on 5 November.  Participants in London will gather at Harrods and the Palace of Westminster at 09:00 local time, and in Washington at the US Capitol Building, the Washington Monument and the headquarters of the FBI from 09:00, also local time.  The group has also called for people to gather and "Occupy the Vatican" on 5 November, where the demonstration will begin at 15:00 local time in St Peter's Square.The Anonymous group are known as an online anti-establishment activist organization who have made cyber-attacks against government agencies, corporations and religious groups.  They host demonstrations annually on 5 November to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot by Guy Fawkes intended to blow up the House of Lords in London in 1605.  Heightened security measures and disruption to transport is to be expected in all locations.

Fifteen-year-old boy stabbed to death in Lewisham

A 15-year-old boy was found in a Lewisham street on Thursday night with several stab wounds.  He was rushed to hospital, but died from his injuries.  Officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command were at the scene to establish the circumstances of the incident and the road was sealed off.  No arrests have been made.  

Huge fire breaks out in Mayfair

A huge fire has broken out at a building next to the Saudi Arabian embassy in Mayfair, London.  Six fire engines from Soho, Lambeth and Chelsea and over 40 firefighters are at the scene.  Preliminary reports suggest that the blaze may have started in the extraction system of a restaurant in the basement of the building.

Arron Banks to be investigated over Brexit campaign

The National Crime Agency is to investigate Arron Banks and his campaign to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.  The Electoral Commission has referrred the matter to police on suspicion that Mr Banks was not the true source of some of the loans to the campaign, and that some of the money may have come from "inpermissible sources".  Mr Banks, who is said to be one of the biggest political donors in UK history, has denied any wrongdoing, or any suggestion that Russian funds may have been involved.  Under UK law, loans and donations can only come from permissible sources, excluding overseas or foreign funding to avoid overseas donors influencing British laws and elections. 

Pharmaceutical company to be charged over infant deaths

ITH Pharma Limited, a north London company, is to be charged over the deaths and illnesses of babies at a number of UK hospitals four years ago.  They will face criminal prosecution over the supply of contaminated foodstuffs for premature babies, after three babies died and 20 needed treatment in 2014.  The company will appear in court in December on seven counts of "supplying a medical product not of the nature of quality specified in the prescription".  The company has been further criticized for failing to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure patients were not infected by contaminants.  ITH Pharma has said that it will vigorously defend the case. 

Medicinal cannabis legal on prescription

With effect from 1 November, patients in the UK can be prescribed medicinal cannabis if it is agreed by a specialist doctor.  The move comes after a summer of campaigning by parents of children with severe epilepsy who have been helped by the drug, which was previously illegal in the UK.  The NHS England guidelines do restrict the use to people who have exhausted all other treatment options, but the benefits have been seen in patients with childhood epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and firbromyalgia.  Prescriptions can only be issued at consultant level, so GPs will not be able to prescribe cannabis-based products.   The Home Secretary has said that the change in the law is "to help patients with exceptional clinical needs, but is in no way a first step to the legislation of cannabis for recreational use".  

Child wounded in Manchester hit-and-run

Two teenage boys, aged 15 and 16, have been arrested after a hit-and-run in Leigh, Greater Manchester - leaving three-year-old Leo Durrington in critical condition. The 16-year-old - believed to have been driving the vehicle - was arrested on Tuesday evening on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, failing to report a collision and failing to stop following a collision. The 15-year-old suspect was arrested in accompaniment. Sergeant Lee Westhead, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said regarding Leo's health: “Leo is still in a critical condition in hospital, and my thoughts are with him and his family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Book of remembrance opens at Leicester Football Club

A book of remembrance has been opened for fans to pay tribute to Leicester Football Club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who has been confirmed as one of five people who died in a helicopter crash on Saturday.  Leicester City Hall will also be lit up in blue in his honour.  The Thai businessman was killed in the accident together with two pilots and two employees, as he left the stadium on Saturday after a game.  Thousands of floral tributes have been left outside the King Power Stadium in the city.  

Blackfriars march disrupts traffic in London

On 30 October, a march in the Blackfriars Bridge area of London is causing disruption to transport services.  The demonstration by trade unions to call for improved working conditions in the foster care sector, is part of an ongoing protest called #PrecariousDemo.  

Increase in foot and mouth disease in Liverpool

Medical expert have warned parents in Liverpool to be extra vigilant after a spate of foot and mouth disease in the city.  The illness is most common in children under 10, but can also affect adults.  It is caused by a virus and the symptoms include a temperature, sore throat, red spots on the tongue and a rash on the hands and feet.  The treatment is to maintain hydration and to use paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve discomfort, and to wash hands regularly to avoid spreading it to others.  The virus is infectious a few days before symptoms appear, and is passed on through coughing, sneezing and touch. 

Helicopter crashes outside King Power stadium, Leicester

A helicopter carrying the owner of Leicester City Football Club crashed outside the club's stadium on Saturday night. Police confirmed that Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was onboard the helicopter, which came down moments after taking off from the pitch of the King Power Stadium after Leicester played West Ham in the Premier League. Reuters have reported that four other people were onboard alongside Srivaddhanaprabha but this has not been officially confirmed.

Brighton hospitals trust declares tuberculosis outbreak

A tuberculosis outbreak has been declared by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals trust. The situation is being treated as a serious incident, with the trust running numerous hospitals in Brighton and Haywards Heath. According to the BBC, 321 patients and 745 staff members who may have been in contact with the disease have been contacted, while nearly 400 people have been screened with no active cases identified at the moment. The disease is typically transmitted through prolonged contact with someone who is already infected. Symptoms include severe coughing, chest pain, weight loss, fatigue, and fever.

Near-crash reported at London Heathrow

On 23 October, two aircraft had a near-crash while coming in to land at London Heathrow.  According to preliminary reports, a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur was preparing to land when air traffic controllers told the pilots that the runway was still occupied by a Virgin Atlantic flight from Shanghai.  Both planes were able to make safe landings.  The crews, who are believed to have followed all the necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), will be required to file a report to the UK AirProx Board which is the body responsible for the assessment of air proximity incidents with the intention of enhancing air safety.  

Additional 185,000 customers affected in BA's cyber attack

British Airways (BA) has announced that after careful investigations alongside cyber criminal experts and the National Crime Agency (NCA), it has been concluded that an additional 185,000 customers may have been affected in last September's cyber attack. Among them, are 77,000 customer who may have had their name, billing address, and payment card details compromised. BA said that: "The potentially impacted customers were those only making reward bookings between April 21 and July 28, 2018, and who used a payment card". BA said that affected customers would be contacted by 26 October at 17:00 GMT at the latest. In early-September, thousands of BA costumers were affected in a massive data breach.

Kings Cross station evacuated

On 24 October, Kings' Cross station in London was evacuated as a precautionary measure because of a fire alert in the East bound tunnel of the Piccadilly line.  At around 18:00 local time, scores of emergency vehicles were deployed to the scene, and around 5,000 passengers were ushered out of the transport hub.  The station was reopened at around 18:30.

Thousands strike in Glasgow for equal pay

Thousands of women council workers in Glasgow have staged a 48-hour strike from 23 to 25 October to protest at local government's slow response to gender-based pay discrimination.  Hundreds of primary schools, nurseries and care homes were closed as well as cleaning and catering services.  The battle over equal pay has been ongoing since 2016, and although Glasgow City Council have agreed to change the system that favours male roles and pay the women what they are due, the bill will run into millions of pounds.  They say that payment will commence in the next financial year.

Commuters advised not to travel to London Waterloo

A signalling failure between Woking and Surbiton on the South Western Railways (SWR) main line into London, has caused extensive delays on 24 October.  Network Rail has said that engineers are at the scene, but there would be disruption until at least 12:00 local time.  Passengers are advised to seek alternative routes.  SWR services were already affected by the second day of a five-day strike over the role of guards on trains.

French police dismantle Calais migrant camp

French police started a further operation to dismantle makeshift migrant camps at Calais on 23 October.  Around 1,800 people were removed in a bid to prevent people from congregating in the area and attempting illegal crossings into Britain.  The Regional Prefect's office said that the operation was intended to assist vulnerable families and stamp out people trafficking.  Migrants are to be rehoused in shelters in the surrounding regions.

Protests held outside Old Bailey in support of Tommy Robinson

On 23 October, a major police presence is in place as protests are launched outside the Old Bailey in central London in support of far-right English Defence League (EDL) founder, Tommy Robinson.  Robinson was jailed in May for allegedly violating reporting restrictions on a trial at Leeds Crown Court.  He published a facebook video about the case, and the defendants, who have now been jailed for more than 220 years, applied for the jury to be discharged as a result of his behaviour.  This move would have caused the trial to be reheard and cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, but the judge rejected the application. Robinson is today attending a re-hearing over his alleged contempt of court.  Counter-protests are expected and the public are advised to avoid the area.  

Teenager stabbed to death in Greenwich

Police were called to a Greenwich street on Monday evening where a teenager had been stabbed.  The incident happened at around 21:25, and the 18-year-old boy died at the scene.  No arrests have been made and a manhunt is under way, with police appealing for witnesses.

Half a million march to demand a final say on Brexit

More than half a million people joined a march in London to demand a second referendum on the terms of Britain's departure from the EU.  It is the second biggest demonstration this century, behind the 2003 protest against the Iraq War.  Theresa May has already ruled out a second referendum, while she continues to negotiate with Brussels, but is also facing rebellion from her own party over the terms of any deal with the EU.  

Ferry collides with yachts in Cowes harbour

A Red Star ferry that was trying to berth in Cowes Harbour in heavy fog, collided with at least two yachts before grounding.  The Isle of Wight Coastguard received an emergency call on Sunday morning, but the search operation was hindered by poor visibility.  The ferry was refloated with the assistance of tugs and berthed in East Cowes, where passengers and vehicles were able to disembark.  No injuries have been reported.

Theresa May rejects EU proposal on Irish border

On Monday, Theresa May is due to tell parliament that the majority of the Brexit deal is in place, but that she has again rejected the EU proposal for the land border with Northern Ireland.  Apparently 95 percent of the Withdrawal Agreement is in place, but it cannot be signed off until the two sides reach agreement on the Northern Irish backstop, which is an insurance policy to ensure that there will be no return to a hard border if a trading relationship is not agreed in time. 

Woman killed in Harrow gas explosion

On 20 October, a woman was killed and two others were injured in an explosion at a residence in Harrow.  Over 40 people were evacuated from surrounding properties as firefighters battled the resulting blaze.  The fire was finally brought under control at around 03:30 local time.  Investigations are under way, but the cause of the blast is thought to be a gas leak.  

Manchester train services to airport suspended

On Monday morning, all train services between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport (MAN) have been suspended due to a signalling problem.  Tickets are being accepted on Metrolink, and travellers are being advised to leave extra time for their journey.

Thousands to take part in anti-Brexit protest in London

Thousands of people are expected to take to streets of London in a massive anti-Brexit march on Saturday. Campaigners claim that more than 100,000 people are expected to take part in the protest, which is the biggest one to take place since the EU referendum. Members of Parliament and key political figures are set to take part in the demonstration. The march will kick off at 12:00 local time. According to organisers, the march will start on Park Lane and head towards Parliament Square - through Piccadilly, Pall Mall and Whitehall - where protesters are expected to arrive at 14:00.

Man beaten to death in Battersea, London

A 46-year-old man has been beaten to death outside his home in Battersea in south London. According to the BBC, the incident occurred on Charlotte Despard Avenue on Wednesday, when father-of-two Ian Tomlin reportedly approached a group of suspected drug dealers - although this has not been confirmed. Tomlin was allegedly stabbed multiple times in the neck and head,along with suffering various other injuries. Recent reports indicate two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the case.

Two Deutsche Bank traders convicted of fraud

On 17 October, two former Deutsche Bank traders were convicted of fraud in a New York court.  They were involved in the manipulation of the LIBOR  global benchmark interest rate.  The bank has already been forced to pay a fine of $775 million in 2015 for its' role in the scandal worth billions of dollars.  The pair, one British and based in London, and one American national face 30 years in jail, although it is understood that their lawyers intend to appeal the sentence.  The LIBOR is is a global rate of interest that banks expect to pay if they borrow from each other, and is used to value trillions of dollars of global financial transactions annually.  The US Justice Department has charged 12 individuals and pursued massive payouts from several banks amid the six-year scandal.

Preacher Anjem Choudary released from prison

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary has been freed from Belmarsh prison, after serving half of his sentence.  The cleric was jailed for five-and-a-half years in 2016 for inviting support for Islamic State.   Choudary's early release has received criticism from the general public, amid complaints that the security operation needed to track him will cost around £2 million a year.  The system of serving half of a prison sentence and the remainder on licence applies to prisoners who are given sentences of over two years and was introduced by Parliament and is not something that judges or magistrates can control.

Emergency incident as car collides with chemical tanker

On 17 October, a car collided with a chemical tanker in Grimsby in Yorkshire, which triggered a major response from emergency services.  Two fire engines, two fire brigade staff cars, police and an ambulance attended the scene, although the tanker, which was marked as a carrier for flamable and toxic liquid, was empty.  According to preliminary reports, the tanker was illegally parked when the car rounded a corner and struck it, causing concerns because of the type of contents usually carried by the vehicle.

Hospital protesters appeal to Mayor

NHS campaigners who are protesting in Bolton, have appealed to Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham for support.  The group are comprised of cleaners, porters and caterers and are asking for a pay rise.  They are employed by iFM Bolton, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, and are on a separate contractual basis to the rest of the staff at Royal Bolton Hospital, meaning they owe less than NHS staff doing the same jobs.  A spokesman for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) said the Mr Burnham would respond in due course.

Cobalt Airlines suspends operations

On 17 October, Cypriot carrier Cobalt Airlines said that all its' flight operations were suspended after it failed to reach a deal with a potential investor.  The airline, which commenced operations in 2016, flew to 23 destinations and, within the UK, operated flights from Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick and Manchester.  Cypriot Transport Minister, Vasiliki Anastasiadou said that the state would assist all those stranded in Cyprus or overseas.  The news comes after Danish budget carrier Primera Air collapsed earlier this month, and UK regional airline Flybe warned of mounting losses due to weak consumer demand and higher fuel prices.

May announces Brexit transition period could be extended

Theresa May has announced that the Brexit transition period could be extended by several months, mainly to ensure no hard border in Northern Ireland.  The UK is due to leave the bloc in March 2019 and the current plan is for the transition period to end in 2020.  The announcement comes as a summit of EU leaders failed to make progress in reaching an agreement, with Mrs May urging them to give ground to end the Brexit deadlock.  She said that she does not expect the additional transition period to be used, and hoped that a future relationship would be in place by the original date of December 2020.  Parliament would need to agree any extension and Mrs May may face a rebellion if she tries to implement it.

Theresa May to address the EU27

The Prime Minister heads to Brussels today to address the EU27 ahead of their pre-summit dinner, but UK officials are playing down the prospect of any breakthrough in Brexit talks.  The Irish border in particular remains a stumbling block in negotiations, with suggestions of a two-tier "backstop", which is a safety net setting out proposals for customs arrangements if a permanent deal is not reached by March 2019 when the UK leaves the bloc.  If a deal is not completed until December or January, there will be very little time to ratify any agreement in the domestic parliaments across the EU, including the House of Commons.

Paddington station closed due to electrical damage

On Wednesday 17 October, Paddington Station in London was closed after a Hitachi train had caused damage to electrical wires during a test.  The problem was sufficiently serious to affect all operations in and out of the London hub, inclluding the Heathrow Express and Great Western Railway services to the capital.  Network Rail said that they expect the disruption to lasts all day, but engineers were working to fix the damaged lines, and hope to have at least two of the four lines working by midday.  Great Western Railway said that most services will be starting and terminating at Reading, and passengers are allowed to use their tickets to travel from Reading to Waterloo, but that severe overcrowding is to be expected.  Passengers are advised to check the Network Rail website before travelling.

Three killed after car drives wrong way on M40

Three people were killed on Monday afternoon when a car towing a caravan drove the wrong way along the M40 motorway in south Oxfordshire, crashing into two cars.  Those killed were the driver and passenger of the car towing the caravan and 34-year-old man.  The incident happened at about 16:00 local time and the motorway was shut for several hours with traffic queued back for 14 miles

Serious delays reported on M25

A serious traffic accident on the M25 late on Monday night has caused the closure of the M25 in an anti-clockwise direction at junction 28, where the motorway joins A12 and the M11.  The incident, which involved a lorry and two cars, caused huge tailbacks, with some vehicles trapped on the motorway until 05:00. Highways England said that the carriageway would remain closed through the morning rush-hour on Tuesday, causing further problems.

Low visibility affects all London airports

On 16 October, Eurocontrol reported that airports across London are being affected by low visibility.  Severe delays have been reported at London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW), London Luton (LTN) and London City Airport (LCY).  The impact on flights is expected to last until early afternoon.

Delays reported on Eurostar service

On Monday 15 October delays and cancellations were reported on Eurostar trains, due to a freight service which has broken down in the Tunnel.  On 14 October there were delays to the service due to a signalling fault at Paris Gare du Nord.  

Welsh clean-up begins amid fresh flood alerts

Fresh flood alerts have been issued across parts of the UK on Monday with rain expected across the south and parts of central England.  Meanwhile, Wales begins a clean-up operation after the worst floods in the country in 30 years.  In Carmarthen, a 21-year-old man was killed when he was washed away in a freak landslide on Saturday while getting off a bus, while a 32-year-old man died in the swollen Penarth marina in Cardiff.  The rivers Towy and Teifi in West Wales burst their banks on Sunday, sending torrents of water rushing into towns and villages.  

Brexit Secretary meets Barnier for last minute talks

On 14 October, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab met Michel Barnier in Brussels for last-minute negotiations. Later this week, a European Council meeting will take place, and several big issues such as the Northern Ireland border issue remain unresolved, prompting the face-to-face talks.

DLR disruption affects travel to London City Airport

A signal failure has caused severe disruption to DLR train services on Monday morning, including the route to London City Airport (LCY).  Passengers are advised to allow extra time for their journey, and that tickets are being accepted on London Underground and local buses.

Multiple crashes on M25 cause severe delays

On Monday 15 October, several traffic accidents have caused severe delays on the M25 in Kent.  Queues of up to 12 miles in length have been reported on the clockwise carriageway, as well as heavy congestion at the Dartford Crossing.

Rail services to Manchester Airport disrupted

On 12 October, rail services through Manchester Oxford Road towards Manchester Airport (MAN) were disrupted because of a signalling fault at Deansgate.  Passengers are advised to seek alternative routes to the airport, including the Metrolink, and to allow extra time for their journey.

WannaCry cyber attack cost NHS £100 million

The Department of Health has revealed that the global WannaCry cyber attack which took place in May 2017 cost the National Health Service (NHS) almost £100 million.  The attack disrupted computer operations at up to 80 trusts and affected around 8 percent of the country's GP practices.  The losses relate to lost output and IT costs to restore data and systems.  The NHS has been criticized for being "unprepared",  and almost 19,000 appointments were cancelled.  The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has said that it has agreed £150 million investment in cyber security within the next three years.

Protests outside museum hosting Saudi embassy event

On 11 October, activists gathered outside the Natural History Museum in London as a Saudi embassy reception was held there.  The protests centre around the sudden disappearance and possible murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the consulate in Istanbul.  Global pressure on Saudi Arabia has grown in the days since Mr Khashoggi's disappearance, with Turkish sources alleging that the journalist was killed by a 15-man squad sent from Saudi Arabia.  

Rail disruption reported during morning rush hour

On Friday 12 October, Brixton station was evacuated at around 07:35 local time, due to a "small track fire".  There was also disruption on the Victoria and Jubilee lines in separate fire alerts, while London Overground was part suspended between Surrey Quays and New Cross because of a signal failure at Whitechapel.  

Disruption at Bristol Airport likely due to adverse weather

A weather warning has been issued for Bristol Airport (BRS) due to the approach of Storm Callum on 12 October.  Passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling.

Disruption at Belfast International Airport likely

An adverse weather warning may affect Belfast International Airport (BFS) as Storm Callum approaches the UK on 12 October.  Passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling.

Rush hour rail chaos due to separate incidents

Thousands of commuters were evacuated from Chiswick Park and Earl's Court stations in two separate incidents on Thursday morning.  At Chiswick Park, a man jumped in front of a train and pronounced dead at the scene, while at Earl's Court, a man was seen running on the tracks.  Staff were able to turn off the power before he touched the live rails, but an air ambulance was called to treat him.  Passengers took to social media to complain that their evacuation had been hampered by people taking photos.  

Adverse weather warnings for Oban, Argyll and Bute

The Meteorological Office has forecasted further heavy rain and strong winds for Friday and Saturday, after the Oban, Argyll and Bute areas already suffered disruption due to flash flooding earlier in the week.  The yellow warning warns of danger to life from flying objects and debris.  Road, rail and air traffic is likely to be disrupted, and people are being advised to avoid coastal areas due to the risk of high waves.  

Barnier says a Brexit deal is within reach

On Wednesday, EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that a Brexit deal with the UK is "within reach", and could be achieved by 17 October.

Yellow weather warnings for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

Yellow weather warnings have been issued on for Wales, Northern Ireland and western Scotland from 12 to 14 October as Storm Callum approaches.  The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds, and residents and visitors are warned of possible travel disruptions.

Spider infestation forces further school closures

A total of seven London schools have now been closed as authorities battle to control an infestation of false-widow spiders.  Four primary schools and three secondary schools are affected and may be closed for up to a month as buildings are fumigated.  False widow spiders are the most dangerous spider species in the UK, and their bites can be painful and even fatal in rare cases.

Second Novichok suspect identified as military doctor

UK-based investigative website Bellingcat said this week that it has identified the second suspect in the Salisbury Novichok poisoning as a military intelligence officer and doctor.  They also allege that the man was presented with a prestigious award by Vladimir Putin himself in 2014.  London's Metropolitan Police said that they had enough evidence to charge the two suspects who are now believed to be Dr Alexander Mischkin and Mr Anatoliy Chepiga, with attempted murder.  The two were captured on CCTV in the Salisbury area on the day of the poisoning, having travelled to the UK under false passports.  Last Thursday, four GRU officers were exposed for trying and failing to hack into the Chemical Weapons laboratory in the Netherlands which was investigating the Salisbury poisonings.  Vladimir Putin has denied any involvement in the incident, saying the two men involved were in the UK as "tourists".  

Marylebone station closed after incident

Marylebone station was evacuated on at 06:50 on Wednesday morning, after a passenger fell onto the tracks on the Bakerloo tube line there.  Unconfirmed reports suggest that the man was trying to reach his jacket which had fallen onto the line.  The station was reopened after emergency services had left the scene.

Government prevents return of IS militants

The government has refused to allow seven individuals who fought for Islamic State to return to the UK.  After being captured, they are being held on the Turkey-Syria border by a Free Syrian Army group and the Syrian Democratic Forces.  Five of the militants have British citizenship, while the other two have had their citizenship revoked.

Uber drivers striking in London, Birmingham and Nottingham

On 9 October, Uber drivers are to strike in London, Birmingham and Nottingham from 13:00 local time.  The drivers, who are members of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) will protest at Uber offices to call for an increase in fares and a reduction in commissions paid to the company. 

Signal failure causes delay on multiple tube lines

A signal failure at Edgware Road has caused delays on the District, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines on Tuesday morning.  In addition a fire alert at Kenton has caused disruption on the Bakerloo line.  Passengers have been advised that tickets can be used on London buses as an alternative route.

Heathrow Airport fined for data leak

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined Heathrow Airport £120,000 over an incident where a member of the public found a data stick containing sensitive data, and handed it to a national newspaper.  The USB stick was neither encrypted, nor password protected.  The data leak, which happened in October 2017, included information about the Queen's travel plans, personal information of 10 people, and details of 500 security staff.  The subsequent investigation found that only 2 percent of the Airport's 6,500 workforce had been trained in data protection.  Heathrow's own investigation revealed that the data had been compiled by an employee involved in security training, and lost during the commute to work.  

Three police officers injured in Islington brawl

On Sunday night, three police officers received knife wounds after a brawl at a house in Islington, London.  The emergency services were called at around 22:45 local time with reports of a fight at a house in Liverpool Road.  The officers were met with hostility, and in the course of making three arrests, three police officers were stabbed.  London Mayor Sadiq Khan has blamed government cut-backs for the rise in knife crime in the capital.  

Police officer deliberately mown down in Leicester

Police in Leicster were called to an altercation in the city in the early hours of Friday.  Four men were arrested over the initial incident, but an officer carrying out enquiries was deliberately mown down by a car, which then left the scene.  The victim was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.  Preliminary reports suggest that the two incidents may be related, and police are seeking the driver of the vehicle.

Four London schools closed due to spider infestation

Four schools in Newham, east London have been closed because of an infestation of false-widow spiders.  The two primary and two secondary schools will be closed for at least a week and possibly up to a month, causing problems for working parents in the area.  Newham council said that the closures were essential to treat the problem "before eggs start hatching".  False widow spiders are the UK's most poisonous spiders and are named because they are similar in appearance to the killer black widow spider.  Their bite can be very painful, and could be fatal to the young or vulnerable.

Two men arrested in Belfast dissident investigation

Two men were arrested in Belfast on Thursday on suspicion of violent dissident republican activity.  A number of residences in the north and west of Belfast were undertaken, and the men were detained under the terrorism act.  

Two dead after chemical incident at Norfolk chicken factory

Two sub-contractors working for a pest-control company have died after a "chemical incident" at a Norfolk chicken factory on 4 October.  Emergency crews were called to the site of Banham Poultry in Attleborough shortly after 01:00 local time, where the men were found.  Fire crews in protective clothing attended the scene, together with police and representatives of the Health and Safety Executive.  The site has been cordoned off as an investigation begins.  The incident comes just hours after it was revealed that the factory is to close with the loss of 1,000 jobs unless a buyer can be found.  The factory processes 650,000 chickens a week.  

South Western Rail and tube strikes on 5 October

On Friday 5 October, the RMT union train guards are striking for 48 hours, which will affect South Western Railway (SRW) services, including those to Waterloo.  On the same day, Aslef union drivers are also striking, affecting the Central and Waterloo & City tube lines.  The industrial action has been condemned by the CBI, Federation of Small Businesses, London First and the London Chamber of Commerce for the disruption they will cause to commuters.  The strikes follow four days of disruption on the Piccadilly line last week. 

Protest in Glasgow city centre over soldier suicides

A number of ex-armed forces personnel and families protested on 5 October outside the Army recruitment office in Glasgow city centre, to protest about the high level of suicide in soliders.  Scotland has been hit with an epidemic of soldier suicides with six in August alone.  Veterans Minister Graeme Dey has admitted that more needs to be done to help soldiers and ex-soldiers with mental health problems, many of whom suffer from PTSD.

Delays at London airports due to low visibility

Eurocontrol are reporting significant delays to flight operations at all London airports due to low visibility.  Passengers are advised that travel may be subject to delay or cancellations and to contact their airline for further information.  

Coroner announces verdict on Westminster attack victims

The coroner at the inquest into the victims of the Westminster attack has found that the five deceased were "unlawfully killed".  In addition, he said that the terror attack could "possibly" have been prevented if armed officers had been posted nearby.  

Prime Minister announces end of austerity

British Prime Minister Theresa May has declared the end of the government's austerity policy, a decade after the financial crisis.  The statement was made as part of her speech at the annual Tory Part Conference in Birmingham.

Foreign Secretary accuses Russia of cyber attacks

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that the Russian military intelligence unit GRU is behind a recent wave of global cyber attacks.  He denounced the "indiscriminate and reckless" attacks against political institutions and businesses, and added that the attacks were an attempt to undermine normal life and interfere in elections.  The Australian authorities have joined the UK in their criticism of Russia.  Early in 2018, the UK , the United States and Australia accused Russia for the NotPetya global malware attacks, and Russia has also been blamed for the Novichok poisoning attack in Salisbury that resulted in the death of a resident.  President Vladimir Putin has denied all allegations.

Delays reported at all London airports

Delays were reported at all London airports on Thursday morning, due to adverse weather conditions and heavy fog.  Flight operations to and from London Gatwick (LGW), Luton (LTN), Stansted (STN), London City (LCY) and London Heathrow (LHR) are affected.

London Underground workers to strike on 5 October

Tube drivers are due to stage a 24-hour strike on the Central and Waterloo & City lines on 5 October, causing chaos for commuters.  Alternative means of transport are likely to be subjected to overcrowding.  The Central line runs from Essex to the west running through the City.  Passengers are advised to find alternative routes or to avoid travelling.

Three stabbed in Birmingham city centre

Three people were stabbed on Tuesday afternoon in Birmingham city centre, when a fight broke out as a large group of youths gathered in the area.  The incident happened at around 17:45 local time, despite heightened security measures in the city for the Conservative Party Conference.  Meanwhile, in a separate incident in London, a knifeman was arrested at around 18:30 following a stabbing on the London Overground.  Hundreds of passengers were forced to flee from Hackney Central station while police cordoned off the area.  The incidents happened amid criticism for Prime Minister Theresa May over a comment that reduced police numbers were not responsible for the wave of violent crime in Britain.

Broken down train blocks services to Manchester Airport

A broken down train blocked services between Manchester Picadilly and Manchester airport during the morning rush hour on 3 October.  The resulting disruption affected Northern and First Transpennine Express services and caused delays of up to 30 minutes.  The line was reopened at around 07:30 local time. 

Delays to affect Greater Anglia trains

On 3 October there are cancellations and delays on Greater Anglia rail services because of overnight engineering services that have over-run.  The stations affected are Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester, Chelmsford, Braintree, Shenfield, Southend Victoria, Southminster, Wickford and London Liverpool Street.

Tesco Bank to pay £16.4 m fine over 2016 cyber attack

On 1 October, Tesco Bank said that they would pay a £16.4 million fine as part of a settlement to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over a major cyber attack in 2016.  The FCA said that the fine was punitive because the company had received specific warnings about the issue that led to the breach, but had failed to address it until the attack had already begun.  They added that the incident  was "largely avoidable", and the fine indicates that the FCA "has no tolerance for banks that fail to protect customers from forseeable risks".  The attackers netted £2.26 million during the 48 hour incident in November 2016.  However, the FCA added that Tesco Bank had, following the attack, implemented a "comprehensive redress" programme, and devoted resources to improving the deficiencies that left the bank vulnerable.   The Chief Executive of Tesco Bank has apologised to customers.  

Forty injured after irritant used in Bournemouth nightclub

Forty people had to receive medical attention after an irritant was released at the Cameo nightclub in Bournemouth.  The premises were evacuated, and according to preliminary reports, the substance was beleived to be tear gas.

Man stabbed in the face on Central Line train

An altercation on a Central Line tube train in East London led to one man being stabbed in the face in the early  hours of Sunday.  The attacker left the train at Mile End, and police are seeking help in identifying him from CCTV footage.  The victim was helped off the train at Bethnal Green where he was treated by paramedics.  

Weymouth homes evacuated due to garage fire

On 30 September, around 100 homes had to be evacuated as a precaution due to a fire at a nearby garage.  Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said that homes within a 100-metre radius of the blaze were evacuated because of the presence of acetylene cylinders which were in danger of exploding in the flames.  Local guest houses and hotels assisted the families who were forced to leave their homes at around 05:00 local time.  

Two women stabbed to death in Hadlow, Kent

Police were called to a property in Hadlow, in Kent, early on Saturday morning, where three people were found to have suffered serious injuries consistent with a stabbing.  A man was detained near to the scene.  The two female victims who died were aged in their 50s and 70s, and a man in his 70s was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.  Police have not named the victims but it is believed that the suspect lived in the same street.

M25 closed clockwise due to major crash

A 13-mile stretch of the M25 has been closed on Monday morning, following a crash in which nine people were injured.  The closure between Junctions 13 and 12 affects traffic to both Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport.  Motorists were advised of delays of at least 60 minutes, and to seek alternative routes if possible.

Head teachers to march on Downing Street

Around 1,000 head teachers are expected to march on Downing Street on Friday in an unprecedented protest over funding. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said that £2.8 billion has been cut from school budgets since 2015, and that the number of secondary schools running at a loss had trebled in four years.  In contrast, the Department of Education says that schools have never been so well funded and that changes due to be introduced in 2020 will ensure better funding for smaller cash-strapped schools. 

HSBC mobile banking app crashes

HSBC are experiencing problems with their mobile banking app, on what will be pay-day for millions of people.  A spokesman said that they are investigating the problem and hope to resume normal service as soon as possible.  The incident follows a spate of failures for digital services at major banks, while record numbers of branches are being closed on the grounds of online popularity. 

Delays to rail services through Woolwich Dockyard

Commuters have been advised to expect delays of around 20 minutes through Woolwich Dockyard on Friday morning, after a fire.  Trains were unable to run from Greenwich and Blackheath, although London-bound trains were unaffected.  The disruption was expected to continue until 09:00.

M40 closed in both directions near Warwick after serious crash

A crash between a lorry and a car in the early hours of Friday morning resulting in a fire has forced the closure of the M40 between Junctions 15 and 16 near Warwick.  Emergency services and fire crews were immediately sent to the scene, and the northbound carriageway is likely to be closed for the remainder of the morning.  In a separate lorry fire, the southbound lanes between Junctions 15 and 16 are also closed.  Motorists are advised to avoid the area completely and seek alternative routes.

Novichock poisoning suspect potentially identified as Russian Colonel

An investigative website has suggested that one of the suspects in the Novichock poisoning case has been identified as a decorated colonel in Russian military intelligence, who once received an award from Vladimir Putin.  The suggestion comes despite Russia denying any involvement in the incident which took place in March and which caused a huge international diplomatic row, including the expulsion of diplomats.  On Wednesday, Theresa May addressed world leaders at the United Nations and criticised Russia for its' "desperate fabrication" over the Salisbury spy poisoning, and accusing the country of "flagrantly breaching international norms with the reckless use of chemical weapons on the streets of Britain by agents of the GRU".  

Huge tailbacks on M6 northbound due to pedestrian collision

There was a seven mile tailback on the M6 northbound on Thursday morning, due to a crash between a lorry and a pedestrian near the Keele services in North Staffordshire at around 06:30.  One person was pronounced dead at the scene. The carriageway between Junctions 15 and 16 has been closed, and is likely to remain out of service for the remainder of the morning.  Diversions are currently in place using the A500.

Delays at Heathrow due to problem with information screens

On 27 September, Heathrow Airport reported a technical problem with their information screen system.  Passengers were requested to use the website or app to keep updated, and extra staff were available to assist.  Two weeks ago Bristol Airport blamed a cyber attack for their departure screens failing and being inoperable for two days.  

Two deaths reported at Manchester hotel

Police were called at 05:30 on Wednesday amid reports of a man who had apparently fallen to his death from the Britannia Hotel in Manchester.  Further investigations revealed the body of a second man in one of the hotel rooms.  Silver Street in the city centre will remain closed for the remainder of the day.

Heathrow underground strikes to cause disruption

Strikes on the underground line serving Heathrow Airport are likely to cause severe disruption this week.  Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union will launch a 48 hour walkout from noon on Wednesday 26 September as well as a five hour strike from 20:30 on Friday. Transport for London (TfL) warned there will be little or no service after talks between the two parties at the conciliation service ACAS collapsed without agreement.  

Traffic accident causes major delays in Piccadilly

On Wednesday morning, a traffic collision in Stratton Street, Piccadilly caused road closures in the area affecting a number of bus routes and including the closure of the Piccadilly Underpass.  Emergency services are on the scene.  

Flood warnings follow Storm Bronagh

Flood warnings and alerts have been issued in the aftermath of Storm Bronagh hitting parts of the UK last night. The storm brought heavy wind and rain to Britain overnight, causing widespread travel disruption and flooding. According to the BBC, gusts of up to 65mph were recorded at Capel Curig in Snowdonia, while Sennybridge in Powys saw 74mm of rain within 24 hours. A Met Office yellow wind warning remains in place over much of the UK until 18:00 BST. Further weather warnings are expected to come into effect on Sunday morning.

Banks hit by technical glitch

NatWest and RBS banks have been hit by a technical glitch which prevented some customers from accessing their accounts online. The RBS Group , which owns the RBS, NatWest, and Ulster Bank brands, reported that the IT issue had been resolved this morning, stating that the failure was caused by a technical glitch in a regular update to their firewall which was applied in the early hours of Friday morning. According to the BBC, the issue was resolved by reversing the update. The RGS Group apologised to customers and was keen to emphasise that the problem was purely an "access issue" and that no customer data was compromised.

Storm Bronagh to bring adverse weather across the UK

Adverse weather conditions are forecast to hit large areas of the UK on Thursday evening as Storm Bronagh approaches. Strong winds and heavy rainfall are forecast to affect Northern Ireland, Wales and northern England. Travel delays are highly likely to affect most parts of the UK territory throughout Friday. The MetOffice has issued yellow warnings to most regions. Travellers are advised to follow updates from the MetOffice.

Amber wind warning issued to Northern Ireland

An amber wind warning has been issued to Northern Ireland by the Met Office as Storm Ali hits the British Isles. According to the BBC, winds of 91mph have been recorded in Killowen, County Down, threatening damage to buildings and widespread travel disruption. An estimated 65,000 homes across Northern Ireland are thought to be without power due to the storm, while the Belfast City Council and the Derry City and Strabane District Council have both closed public spaces.

Storm Ali sparks 'major incident' in Dumfries and Galloway

A 'major incident' has been declared in Dumfries and Galloway as emergency personnel respond to various incidents brought about by Storm Ali. A yellow wind warning has been issued by the Met Office, covering the entirety of Scotland, while an amber wind warning has been issued to parts of southern Scotland and northern England. According to the BBC, Glasgow Airport has cancelled a number of flights, while ScotRail has advised against all but essential travel, with a number of train services suspended due to debris and trees on the track or damaged overhead wiring. A freight train derailed on the Highland Main Line after hitting fallen branches - no casualties have been reported.

Storm Ali causes flight delays at Heathrow

The arrival of Storm Ali to the British Isles has caused significant travel disruption across much of England. EuroControl reported on Wednesday that flight delays had been caused at London Heathrow Airport due to strong winds brought in by the storm. All flight operations are currently being regulated due to crosswinds on the runways. Passengers have been advised to contact their respective airlines for specific flight information.

Car hits pedestrians outside London mosque

On Wednesday, British police reported that two people had been taken to hospital after being hit on a pedestrian crossing outside a mosque in north-west London.  According to preliminary reports, the occupants of the car had been moved on from a car park for anti-social behaviour, and were heard to make racist comments before driving off, striking the victims on the crossing.  The incident which happened just after midnight, is thought to be a racist event rather than terror-related.

British and French reach a deal over scallop fishing

British and French fisherman have reached a deal over scallop fishing in the English Channel, which saw boats colliding and angry rows breaking out in August.  French rules prevent scallop fishing between May and October, but British boats have no restrictions, leading the French to accuse their competitors of depleting stocks.  Under the terms of the new deal, UK scallop dredgers over 15 metres long will stop fishing off Normandy for six weeks in return for additional fishing rights in the Irish Sea.  Smaller British boats will not be affected.  The UK scallop industry is worth around £120 million, with much of the catch exported to France.

Two stabbed in Brighton park

On 17 September, two men were stabbed in a brawl in a park in Brighton.  The incident happened at around 11:45 local time, and police arrested three men at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.  They are appealing to the public for witnesses. 

Teeager stabbed in Yorkshire gang attack

A teenager was seriously injured on Monday when he was chased by a gang along a residential street and stabbed in the back.  The incident happened in Sheepridge, West Yorkshire in the afternoon, and witnesses reported that the three attackers were wearing balaclavas.  The Neighbourhood Policing Team said that they would be increasing patrols to provide reassurance and to address any concerns from local residents.  

May says Brexit choice is her deal or no deal

Theresa May has said that British MPs will have a choice of accepting her Chequers deal, or leaving the EU with no deal.  The UK is set to leave the bloc on 29 March 2019, with negotiations continuing until that date, and key matters such as the Irish border still unresolved.  Mrs May made the announcement amid rising tensions inside her party, with about 50 European Research Group Tory MPs openly discussing how and when they could force her to stand down as Prime Minister.

Police involved as two fall ill at Salisbury restaurant

Two people, one of them Russian, were hospitalised on Sunday after falling ill while eating at a restaurant in Salisbury.  Wiltshire Police said that there was nothing to suggest that the incident involved poisoning, or that a crime had been committed, but the restaurant and the surrounding area was cordoned off as a precautionary measure.  Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent in the city in March, sparking a diplomatic row with Russia.  The victims survived, but a local resident died after coming into contact with the same nerve agent contained in a perfume bottle which had been discarded in a park.  Two Russian men, who have been identified as military intelligence officers, have been charged in absentia with attempted murder, but the Kremlin denies any involvement, and insists the men were merely "innocent tourists" when they were captured on CCTV in Salisbury.  

Several injured in Luton street brawl

A number of people were injured with stab wounds after a brawl in Luton. Police were called to a residential street with reports of dozens of people brawling and weapons being used.  There was also a report of an acid attack in the town.

Bristol Airport hit by IT issues

Technical problems have meant that Bristol Airport is functioning without flight information screens on Friday morning, forcing staff to use whiteboards and announcements to call flights in the absence of working electronic screens.  Whilst flights are not directly affected, passengers are advised to arrive early for their flights to avoid any possible delay to departures.

Seven-vehicle crash on M5 kills two

A man and a woman were killed on Thursday in a seven-vehicle collision on the M5 in Somerset.  Emergency services were called to the accident on the southbound carriageway at junction 24 near Huntworth just after 08:30 local time.  The female driver of one car and a male passenger in another were killed and four others were taken to hospital.  The M5 was closed in both directions for several hours causing disruption to traffic.

Salisbury poisoning suspects claim to be tourists

The two men who are the prime suspects in the Salisbury poisoning case have given an interview to Russian state-funded media channel RT, claiming that they were only in the UK town as tourists.  President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that the two men are "civilians" and not connected to the Russian military intelligence service GRU, as claimed by the British government.  

Norovirus outbreak strikes two Exeter schools

Two Exeter schools have seen an outbreak of Norovirus, affecting at least 45 children.  Westclyst and Broadclyst Primary Schools are working with Public Health England to manage the outbreak in Devon, whilst it is understood that other schools may also be affected.  Norovirus, which is known as the "winter vomiting bug", is highly contagious and causes vomiting and diarrhoea.  

British man tortured in suspected gang attack

A British man has been hospitalized after he was attacked shortly after his arrival in Marbella on Saturday.  The victim was shot, stabbed, had his kneecaps broken and his face cut and remains in a serious condition, but police said he is not cooperating with them.  Investigators are working on the theory that he was tortured as a "warning" by members of a crime gang.  The incident comes just days after another Briton was shot dead by armed police after firing at them when they called at his hotel after a minor car accident.

Jet2 flight makes emergency landing at Manchester

On 12 September, a Jet2 flight from Leeds to Paphos, Cyprus, had to make an emergency landing at Manchester Airport (MAN) because of a hydraulic failure.  The aircraft landing safely and passengers were transferred to another flight to continue their journey.  

Electronics ban lifted on Turkish flights

On 11 September, the UK  Department for Transport announced that the restrictions on carrying large mobile phones, tablets and laptops in the cabin of an aircraft to or from Istanbul Ataturk and Dalaman Airport in Turkey, are no longer in force.  The ban was introduced in March 2017 due to security fears.  Passengers should contact their airline for further information.

Second confirmed case of monkeypox in UK

On 11 September it was confirmed that a second person has tested positive for monkeypox in Blackpool, Lancashire.  The patient has been transferred to Royal Liverpool Hospital's Tropical and Infectious Diseases Unit.  The first case was diagnosed in Cornwall on 8 September.  Both individuals had visited Nigeria recently where they are believed to have contracted the disease.  Health authorities are contacting other individuals who may have come into contact with the two affected people, in order to provide health advice, but said that the risk to the wider public is very low.  Monkeypox is a rare viral infection, similar to smallpox, which can be transmitted via close contact.  It is usually mild and most people recover within a few weeks, but severe respiratory illness and even death can occur.

Putin says Salisbury poisoning suspects identified

According to press reports, President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia has identified two men suspected of poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.  No further information is available at this time.  

Woman stabbed in south-east London street

A woman in her 20s has been airlifted to hospital after being stabbed multiple times in the street in Greenwich, south-east London this morning.  According to preliminary reports, the woman had been stabbed in the back.  Police arrived quickly at the scene at around 09:30 local time and closed local roads, but it is thought no arrests have been made.

One injured in Barnsley knife attack

Officers were called to a busy shopping area of Barnsley on Saturday morning, amid reports that a woman armed with a large kitchen knife had stabbed someone in the shoulder.  The woman then walked through busy shopping parades, before being confronted by a market trader who has been hailed as a hero. The woman was arrested and a large kitchen knife was seized.  Local shops and roads were closed for around an hour after the incident. Police investigations are under way and the public are advised that there is likely to be an increased police presence in the town for the next few days.  South Yorkshire Police said that the suspect was a 28-year-old woman from Isleworth.  She has been charged with attempted murder and possession of ah offensive weapon, and the authorities reported that the attack was not terror-related.

Boris Johnson compares May's Brexit to a suicide vest

Former foreign minister Boris Johnson has compared Theresa May's Brexit plan to a "suicide vest" with EU negotiator Michel Barnier "handed the detonator".  The statement appeared in the Mail newspaper and comes as the government proceeds with the final stages of the Brexit negotiations.  Critics said that Mr Johnson is seeking a leadership position for himself.  

Holidaymaker dies on flight to Ibiza

On 8 September, a passenger became unwell on a Jet2 flight from Manchester to Ibiza, forcing the aircraft to be diverted to Toulouse in southern France.  Although he was given CPR on board, and medical services attended to him on arrival in France, nothing could be done to save the man's life. Witnesses said that he was in his 30s, and was believed to have taken drugs during the flight.  

Four injured in A30 motorcycle crash

A serious accident on the A30 in Cornwall involving several motorbikes resulted in four people being injured, and one of them being airlifted to hospital. More than 1,000 motorbikes had taken to the road to celebrate an annual charity run when the accident happened at around 14:00 local time on Sunday.  The road was closed to allow an air ambulance to land, and then to complete an investigation, re-opening around two hours later. 

UN Security Council backs UK poisoning accusations

At a meeting of the UN Security Council called to discuss the Salisbury poisoning, the US, France, Germany and Canada agreed with the UK's assessment that the Russian government "almost certainly" had approved the attack, and urged Russia to provide full disclosure.  Russia dismissed the evidence as "lies".  

British Airways apologizes for data breach

The Chief Executive of British Airways (BA) has apologised for what he described as a "sophisticated, malicious criminal attack" of the company's security system.  Alex Cruz said that the personal and financial details of around 380,000 customers who had booked flights between certain dates had been compromised.  Customers affected will be notified by BA and should then contact their bank for further instructions.

Britain to confront Russia over Salisbury poisoning

Britain has called a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to update council members on the Salisbury poisoning in March.  The announcement comes as two Russian nationals were named as suspects in the case.  They are thought to be Russian intelligence officers, and that therefore the attack was approved at a high level.  The Kremlin has denied any involvement in the incident, and a spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry said that the names of the men "mean nothing to us".  The Crown Prosecution Service has said that there is sufficient evidence to charge Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov with attempted murder but as Russia does not extradite its' own nationals, it was unlikely that a prosecution would go ahead.

Off-duty policeman stabbed in Birmingham

A man, believed to be an off-duty policeman, was stabbed in an attempted car-jacking in Great Barr Birmingham on Wednesday.  According to witnesses, the perpetrator demanded the keys to the car, and when the victim tried to run away, he stabbed him.  He sustained injuries that were neither life-threatening nor life-changing, but was transported to hospital by ambulance.  The attacker escaped in another vehicle with an accomplice and police have launched an investigation.

Arrest warrant issued for Russain suspects in Novichok case

Two Russian nationals have been identified as suspects in the Salisbury case of Novichok poisoning that targeted Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.  European arrest warrants have been issued for Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov who are both around 40 years old.  The charges include conspiracy to murder the Skripals and a policeman, use and possession of Novichok contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act and causing grievous bodily harm.  The announcement comes after authorities confirmed that the toxic chemical that killed Dawn Sturgess in Amesbury three months later was the same nerve agent that was used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal.  The incident sparked an international diplomatic row with the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from several countries and a tit-for-tat response from Russia, who have always denied involvement.

Watford teenager charged with making international bomb threats

A 19-year-old man appeared in court on 4 September charged with making bomb threats to thousands of UK schools which saw 400 of them evacuated in March.  He has also admitted sending mass emails to schools in the US claiming that pipe bombs had been planted on the premises.  In addition, he is charged with making a hoax telephone call claiming that a United Airlines flight from the UK to San Francisco was being hijacked last month, while he was on bail for the school bomb threats.  Sentencing will take place at Luton Crown Court on 21 September.

Teenager stabbed in north London

An 18-year-old boy was in critical condition on Tuesday night, after he was stabbed multiple times in Islington.  Police were called to an altercation in the street, and found the victim with stab wounds.  Police are seeking a group of suspects but not arrests have been made.  Section 60 stop and search powers have been authorised for the area in an attempt to prevent further violence.  

Three injured in West London suspected acid attack

Three people have been injured in Notting Hill when they were sprayed with a "noxious substance" on the afternoon of 4 September.  Paramedics and firefighters were dispatched to the scene but it was not clear what substance had been used in the attack as no elevated chemical readings were detected.  The three victims were employees of a shop who had approached a man they suspected of shoplifting.  Two were treated at the scene for skin irritations, and the third was taken to hospital with burns.  No arrests have been made.  

Labour to vote on anti-semitism definition

The Labour Party is to vote on whether to adopt the internationally recognised anti-semitism definition in its' new code of conduct.  The party had previously said it would adopt the definition, but missed out several key elements, leading to a row that has engulfed the party for months.  

Fire reported at Dagenham primary school

Emergency services were called to a Dagenham primary school at around 04:50 on Tuesday, with around 80 firefighters deployed at the scene.  Twelve fire engines were operating at the scene, which was brought under control after several hours.  The 500 pupil school was due to reopen on Wednesday.  

Three arrested in West London for funding terrorism

Three people, all women and including a 16-year-old girl, were arrested on Tuesday in West London on suspicion of funding terrorism.  They remain in police custody while further investigations are carried out.


Huge blaze destroys Littlewoods Pools building in Liverpool

The Littlewoods Pools building in Liverpool was engulfed by fire on Sunday.  The blaze started at around 20:00, and Merseyside Fire Service deployed 50 firefighters and six fire engines, taking several hours to get the fire under control.  The iconic building was part of Sir John Moore's Littlewoods empire which included weekly football pools as well as high street stores.  A number of redevelopment plans for the building which has been empty since 2003, had fallen through, but plans had recently been announced for a major new complex including film and TV studios as a northern base for Twickenham studios.  Investigations are under way to find the cause of the blaze.

Woman stabbed in North London street

A woman in her 20s was stabbed in Caledonian Road, North London on Saturday morning.  She was taken to hospital by air ambulance where it is understood that her injuries are not life-threatening.  Roads were closed off, including access to and from King's Cross, and later in the day a man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.  A knife crime epidemic has hit the capital this year, with more than 100 murder investigations launched so far.  

WW2 grenade found in Norwich

On 2 September, a magnet fisher in Norwich found an unexploded World War II grenade.  Police were called and bomb disposal experts safely detonated the device.

Delays expected at Gatwick until early afternoon

A Virgin Atlantic flight that developed steering issues while still in flight made a safe emergency landing at Gatwick on Friday morning, but blocked the runway, temporarily cancelling all arrivals and departures.  Although the runway was later reopened, some delays and disruptions are possible until early afternoon.

Man arrested for Birmingham murders

A 21-year-old man has been arrested under suspicion of the murder of a mother and daughter in Solihull on Bank Holiday Monday.  The detention comes amid a three day manhunt for the man who is the ex-boyfriend of the younger victim. The two women were stabbed outside their home and the incident attracted criticism of the police because they were apparently on the telephone with the police at the time of the attack.

Further strike action affects South Western Railways over weekend

A 72-hour strike by rail workers on South Western Railways is to cause chaos over the weekend.  The industrial action is part of a dispute which has been ongoing for a year over the role of guards on trains and whether driver-only operations are safe.  Picket lines are in place at stations and hundreds of services will be cancelled over the next three days.

Crossrail delayed until Autumn 2019

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that the Crossrail underground service will not commence until Autumn 2019, a delay of nine months.  The project is currently running £600 million over budget and requires extra funding to be completed.  Crossrail Chief Executive Simon Wright said "the Elizabeth line is one of the most complex and challenging infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK and is now in its final stages".  The service was due to commence in December. 

BA flight delayed due to altercation

A British Airways flight from Gatwick to Ibiza was delayed on Thursday after an altercation between four men took place on board and takeoff had to be aborted.  Police arrested the four men and removed them from the aircraft, which was able to leave after a two-hour delay. 

Significant drug haul seized in Cornwall

A catamaran was intercepted by off the south-west coast of Cornwall on Thursday, and the Border Force seized a significant amount of cocaine was discovered.  Five men were arrested and the boat was taken to Newlyn harbour where Devon and Cornwall police and National Crime Agency officials are conducting an investigation.  The seizure comes just weeks after another craft was found at the same port with hundreds of parcels of drugs concealed within the hull.

Alex Salmond resigns from party following sexual harassment allegations

Former first minister Alex Salmond has resigned from the SNP following allegations of sexual harassment, which he refutes.  He says that the resignation is temporary until he has cleared his name, and is intended to avoid any embarassment to the party. Mr Salmond had been a member of the party for 40 years, 20 of them as party leader and seen as first minister.  He has launched a crowdfunding appeal to fund a judicial review into the Scottish government's handling of the claims.  

Michel Barnier hints at Brexit trade deal

EU Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has hinted at a trade deal by saying "We are prepared to offer a partnership with Britain such as has never been seen with any other third country".  However he reiterated that the EU would not divide or change the single market for Britain.  There are seven months until the end of the Article 50 process and less than two months ahead of the October European council meeting. 

Talks to be held with French authorities to avoid further fishing clashes

The UK government has confirmed that it is holding talks with French counterparts in an attempt to avoid a repeat of clashes between fisherman over scallop gathering.  On Monday, French boats confronted British rivals who were fishing legally in waters off the Normandy coast.  British boats are permitted to gather scallops all year round but French law restricts the season to between October and May.  The UK scallop industry is worth £120 million with 60 percent of the catch exported, much of it to the French.  Environmental Group ClientEarth said that France was demonstrating "high environmental standards" by banning fishing during the summer, which is spawning season and when depleted stocks can reproduce and grow.  Local French officials said that they could not intervene because the conflict took place in international waters.  

British and French boats clash in the Channel

Around 40 French fishing boats gathered in the Channel overnight on Monday in protest against British boats "pillaging" stocks of shellfish.  British boats are legally entitled to work in the scallop-rich area, but the French accuse them of depleting shellfish stocks as their fishing season is restricted to between October and May according to new rules imposed by President Macron.  A confrontation ensued in which several boats were damaged and apparently smoke bombs and stones were thrown.  The National Federation of Fishermen's Organization has asked for protection from the British government and said that "the deeper issues behind the clashes should be settled by talking around the table, not on the high seas where people could be hurt".   

Canary Wharf evacuated in bomb scare

Hundreds of office workers were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon, after a suspicious package was reported at South Quay station.  Police used a robot to investigate and later declared the area safe.  

Fire devastates historic Belfast Bank Building

Fire broke out on the fifth floor of the Bank Building on Castle Street in Belfast on Tuesday morning with flames and smoke billowing from the 233-year-old structure and visible from all over the city.  The Primark store which occupied the building had recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and had recently recruited 100 new staff.  The shop was evacuated and roads around the area cordoned off, and the blaze took more than six hours to extinguish.  Michael Graham, Belfast's Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, expressed concern over the structural integrity of the building, and warned that parts of it could be prone to collapse.  The building which was built in 1785, was designed by Sir Robert Taylor and had survived bombs and fire during the Troubles.

Two women killed in Birmingham stabbing

A major manhunt has been launched after a 49-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter were stabbed to death in Solihull, Birmingham on Sunday night.  The suspected attacker is believed to be the ex-boyfriend of the younger woman, and had apparently made numerous threats of violence to her prior to the attack.  Police are appealing for help in locating the attacker.  

Man stabbed to death in Deptford

A man in his 20s has been stabbed to death in south-east London late on Saturday night.  Police found the victim in the street suffering from knife wounds, but he was pronounced dead at hospital. A murder investigation has been launched. London has suffered a wave of violent crime this year, with the hundredth violent death this year reported last week.

Russia accuses Britain of dangerous RAF interceptions

The Russian Embassy in  London has accused Britain of intercepting its' aircraft over the Black Sea in a "dangerous fashion" with the intention of provoking Moscow.  The RAF scrambled to intercept a Russian maritime patrol aircraft on Friday and two fighter aircraft on Wednesday.  Three countries bordering the Black Sea, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, are NATO allies of Britain.  British defence and foreign ministries have declined to comment.

Police given extra stop-and-search powers for Notting Hill Carnival

Authorities invoked a Section 60 order, which gives police the right to stop and search people without the need for reasonable suspicion, amid fears of violence at Notting Hill Carnival.  The order is a controversial policy that critics say give police "draconian powers".  Knife arches, which can detect metal weapons, were also used for the first time. During the course of the carnival over the bank holiday weekend, 385 people were arrested for a range of offences, including drugs and offensive weapons as well as criminal damage. More than 69 weapons were seized, including 49 knives, as well as acid and a taser. Around 13,000 police officers were deployed across the two days when around two million people attended the festival of dancing and music.  

Brussels flight makes emergency landing at Heathrow

On 26 August, Brussels Airlines flight to Belgium's capital was forced to return to Heathrow and make an emergency landing after an engine suffered a catastrophic failure with a bang that was audible on the ground.  Emergency crews were in attendance, and the aircraft landed safelty at 07:20 local time.

Jet2 flight makes emergency landing at Manchester

On Thursday, a Jet2 flight from Newcastle to Dalaman was forced to make an emergency diversion to Manchester airport at 17:50 local time.  According to witnesses, the cause was a technical issue with one of the engines. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue spokesperson said that they had attended the scene, and the aircraft had landed safely.  

Illegal gun factory found in Sussex

Police have discovered what they believe to be a "large scale" gun factory in a warehouse unit in Hailsham, East Sussex.  They were called to the premises after reports of gunshots, which turned out to be tests.  A stash of weapons and ammunition were found inside the business, which claimed to be a gearbox repair company.  Three men were arrested at the scene under suspicion of possession of a firearm, and the area around the unit was cordoned off for investigation.  

40 affected by Glasgow shopping centre chemical spill

A reported chemical spill at the Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow yesterday caused dozens of people to be evacuated and affected by fits of coughing and breathing problems.  The incident happened at around 12:45 local time, and hundreds of shoppers were ushered out of the premises while specialist teams arrived to assess the situation.  A total of 40 people were treated by medical personnel at the scene.  Preliminary reports suggest that the chemical odour may have been caused by paint fumes passing through the shopping centre's vents.  

Pipe bombs discovered in Belfast

Two viable pipe bombs were found by workmen working at a property in the New Lodge area of Belfast yesterday.  The incident happened close to a community centre and near to where children were playing so the men moved the devices to a safe location before contacting police.  Several streets were closed to traffic and residents were evacuated.  Army Technical Officers who are responsible for bomb disposal carried out controlled explosions on both devices.  Police are appealing for information.  

Huddersfield private hospital on lock-down due to attack

The private BMI hospital in Huddersfield has been closed and cordoned off by police on Wednesday morning, following what they described as a "targeted attack".  According to preliminary reports a man is being treated there for non-life threatening injuries caused in an assault in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  The hospital is expected to reopen on Thursday.

Shooting incident at Rayner's Lane tube station

Two men have been arrested under suspicion of attempted murder following an incident at Rayner's Lane tube station in north-west London on Tuesday afternoon.  Two men were injured and taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.  Armed police attended the scene and an investigation has been opened.

Three injured in London shooting

Emergency services were alerted to shots fired at Kingsbury tube station on Monday night at around 21:45 local time.  Three people were injured and police immediately closed local roads and appealed to the public for witnesses.  No arrests have been made.  

Man arrested for Eltham hammer attack

A 27-year-old man has been arrested after a mother and daughter were violently attacked in Eltham, south-east London.  The incident happened on Sunday at midday, when neighbours alerted the authorities after hearing screams. According to preliminary reports the victims were a 64-year-old woman and her 30-year-old daughter who had been attacked with a hammer.  Police immediately appealed to the public for help, and the suspect was detained two miles from the scene.  Both women remain in critical condition in hospital. 

Westminster attacker to appear in court

Salih Khater, the 29-year-old Birmingham man who ran his car into a group of cyclists and then crashed into a barrier outside the Houses of Parliament, is to be charged with attempted murder and will appear in court today.  The Sudanese-born man, who is a British citizen, will be treated as a terrorist due to the method of the attack and the high profile location.  Three people were treated for non-life threatening injuries.  

One dead in hit and run near GCHQ

Emergency services were called to a road near GCHQ in Cheltenham in the early hours of Thursday, where a man was found dead.  Preliminary reports suggest that the deceased was the victim of a hit-and-run incident.  Roads in the area were temporarily closed while police conducted an investigation, and a 62-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Four stabbed in mass brawl in south London

Six people have been arrested after four young males were stabbed in Camberwell in South London on Thursday.  The incident occurred at around 17:30 local time in the same area where a 23-year-old drill rapper was killed on 1 August.  Witnesses said that a large number of police, including armed officers, attended the scene, together with a number of ambulances.  The four injured were taken to hospital.

South Western railway staff threaten more strikes

The RMT union has announced that workers on South Western Railways will stage three fresh 24-hour strikes in September, after talks with management over the role of guards on trains collapsed on Wednesday.

Counter terrorism operation in Midlands following Westminster attack

On 14 August, counter terrorism forces were carrying out searches at two addresses in Birmingham and one in Nottingham as part of their investigation into the incident which took place in the morning in Westminster.  Shortly after 07:00 local time, a silver Fiesta collided with cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in the capital.  The driver of the car was detained at the scene, but is apparently refusing to cooperate with the authorities.  The police reported that because of the deliberate nature of the attack, the method and the location, it is being treated as a terrorist act and the investigation is being led by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command.

Met Police to remove wider security cordon around Westminster, London

The Metropolitan Police has announced that the wider cordon around Westminster is being removed. However, areas surrounding Abingdon Street, between Parliament Square and Horseferry Road and Lambeth Bridge will remain cordoned off. Westminster Station has been fully reopened and train services are expected to operate normally throughout the afternoon.

Westminster incident confirmed terror attack

The police have confirmed that they are treating an ongoing situation outside parliament in Westminster as a terror attack. Shortly after 07:30 this morning, a car hit several pedestrians before crashing into a security barrier outside the Houses of Parliament. Updated reports from the BBC state that at least two pedestrian casualties are receiving hospital treatment for non life-threatening injuries. A male suspect in his late twenties has been arrested and remains in police custody as the counter-terrorism police continue to lead the investigation. Westminster tube station has been closed and Parliament Square is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day. No other passengers were in the vehicles and no weapons have been found so far. An emergency Cobra meeting will be held at 14:00 today in response to the incident. The suspect has not been formally identified and is not thought to be known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police and is allegedly not co-operating with officers. The head of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism unit, Neil Basu, stated that  there was "no intelligence at this time of further danger" to London or the UK.

Coach overturns on M25, injuring dozens

A coach crashed down an embankment and overturned near Junction 3 of the M25 on Monday afternoon, causing traffic chaos and queues over six miles long.  The incident, which occurred at around 16:00 local time, left 41 people injured, including seven children.  Coach hire company Green's of London confirmed that the vehicle had been on its' way to London after a day at the beach in Portsmouth.

Car crashes into barrier outside Houses of Parliament

On Tuesday 14 August, a car crashed into a protective barrier outside the Houses of Parliament in the capital.  Preliminary reports suggest that several members of the public were injured in the incident, which happened at around 07:30 local time, and that the driver has been detained.  A major armed police response was launched as part of a counter-terrorism operation, and the following areas are currently closed:  Parliament Square, Millbank, Whitehall from Trafalgar Square and Westminster Bridge. 

Dozens injured in Moss Side shooting

Twelve people were injured including a 12-year-old child at a Caribbean street party in Manchester's Moss Side in the early hours of Sunday.  Armed police were deployed to the area following reports of several loud bangs, and found several people with leg injuries.  Several of the injured suffered "pellet-type" wounds, which police say were likely to have been caused by the discharge of a shotgun at close range.  Detectives said that it was lucky that no one was killed in the "reckless shooting", and are treating the incident as attempted murder.

Off-duty policeman stabbed in south London

An off-duty police officer has been stabbed in south London, when he interrupted four men who were attempting to steal a moped.  The incident occurred in Lewisham on Sunday.  

Police shoot man in Bournemouth

A man has been shot by the police in Bournemouth. The incident on Castle Lane West road, between a local girls' grammar school and Castlepoint shopping centre. According to the BBC, the man was shot in the arm after police officers stopped a vehicle along the road on Tuesday evening. The man had been travelling with a woman and a 36-year-old man - who has been arrested by the police. The injured party is currently being treated in the nearby hospital and is believed to be in a stable condition. The shooting will be investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and a cordon has been established around the affected area while site investigations remain ongoing.

Suspect arrested in missing woman case

A male suspect has reportedly been arrested in connection to the case of a missing woman in Staffordshire. The body of 28-year-old midwife Samantha Eastwood was discovered in rural Caverswall, on the outskirts of Staffordshire on Saturday after being reported missing at the end of last month. According to the BBC, Michael Stirling - believed to be the brother-in-law of the victim's ex-fiance John Peake - was arrested on suspicion of abduction and murder and is due to appear in court on Wednesday. Two other men who were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have reportedly been released on conditional bail.

Two stabbed in Glasgow before Rangers game

Police Scotland have reported that two men were stabbed in Glasgow on Thursday evening, ahead of Ranger's Europa League match against Croatian team Osijek.  The incident happened near the Ibrox stadium as part of a large-scale disturbance in the area.  The match ended in a draw, with Rangers advancing to the third round.  

One killed and two injured in Camberwell stabbing

One man was killed and two others injured in a knife attack in Camberwell on Wednesday evening.  Two men were arrested nearby on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.  The incident happened on the same street where a 17-year-old youth was found with a fatal gunshot wound in May.  According to preliminary reports, the victim was a drill rapper connected with Moscow17 gang who had appeared on a Radio 1 YouTube channel, and who are involved in a violent feud with rivals Zone2 from Peckham.  Drill rap makes violent boasts about killing rivals, and police have recently gone to court to ban certain groups performing on social media because they believe it inflames tensions between groups.  

Teenager in critical condition after shooting in east London

A teenagers was shot three times at point blank range on Tuesday night outside an east London station.  St James station remained closed on Wednesday morning, and the surrounding roads were closed while police conducted their investigations.  The incident happened at about 22:00 local time, and the victim remains in critical condition.  It is the second shooting outside the station within a few weeks, after a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg on 23 July.  

Teenager jailed for first acid-attack killing

A 19-year-old man has been jailed for 17 years in the first UK conviction for manslaughter using a corrosive substance.  Xeneral Webster pleaded guilty to causing the death of Joanne Rand on 3 June last year when she was covered in sulphuric acid while sitting on a bench in High Wycombe.  She was caught in the middle of a fight between Webster and another man over drugs.  She suffered 5 percent burns in the accident, but died 11 days later from sepsis.  Webster was also sentenced for possession of a samurai sword and another amonia and making threats to kill in a separate incident.  A spokesman from the Criminal Prosecution Service (CPS) said "I hope this conviction and subsequent sentence will serve as a reminder that the full extent of the law will be used robustly against those who use acid as a weapon".

Jeremy Corbyn forced to apologize over anti-semitism row

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has apologized over his attendance at a House of Commons event with an anti-Israel speaker in 2010, at which Israel was compared to the Nazis, prompting widespread condemnation.  Mr Corbyn said that he has "on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views I completely reject", but the apology comes amid controversy over Labour's decision not to adopt the full version of the International Holocaust Rememberance Alliance definition.  

Anti-piracy headquarters to move to Spain after Brexit

On Monday the decision was made to move the headquarters of anti-piracy Atalanta patrols from London to the Spanish port of Rota on 29 March 2019 when Britain exits the EU.  In addition, the London-based Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa will move to the French port of Brest, under Atalanta command, which will be headed by a Spanish navy commander.  The bloc launched Atalanta in 2008 to combat acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia, where attacks have fallen to just one so far this year.

Dixons Carphone breach affected millions more than originally feared

The data breach which happened in 2017 but was only announced by Dixon Carphone in June this year, affected millions more people than originally thought, the company announced yesterday.  They revealed that 10 million customer records had been hacked, affecting shoppers at Currys, PC World, and Dixons Travel, but said that the information did not contain payment card or bank account details, and there was no evidence that fraud had taken place.  

New drone regulations enter into force

On 30 July, new regulations came into force for drone operators near airports.  The new rules make it illegal to fly a drone over 120 metres or 400 feet, or within one kilometre of any airport.  Guidelines also say that the machines should be kept 150 feet or 50 metres away from people and property.  The UK Dronecode also states that it is a criminal offence to endanger the safety of an aircraft which could lead to a five-year prison sentence.

BA flight makes emergency landing at Gatwick

On 30 July a British Airways flight from London to Heraklion in Greece was forced to return to the airport and make an emergency landing after a technical fault was discovered.  The runway was temporarily closed while the plane landed at 18:40 local time, and 10 departing flights were cancelled.  

Littlehampton supermarket subject of armed robbery

A small express supermarket in Littlehampton was the subject of an armed robbery on Sunday, leaving staff shaken but uninjured.  Two men apparently entered the store and threatened staff with a machete before leaving with cigarettes and money in a van driven by a third man.  Police are appealing for witnesses.

Safety measures employed at poisoning victim's funeral

The funeral of Dawn Sturgess who was poisoned by exposure to Novichok, a former Soviet nerve agent, will be held in Salisbury today.  Police have confirmed that extra security measures will be taken to protect the public, including the coffin being in the church ahead of the service instead of being taken by pallbearers.  Mrs Sturgess fell ill after spraying herself with a substance that she thought was perfume, which had been given to her by her partner Charlie Rowley who was also affected but has since recovered.  It is believed that he had found the substance in a perfume bottle in a public park.  The incident occurred four months after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found slumped on a park bench in the same area.  They both recovered and have been discharged from hospital.   The fact that the substance in the second case was found in a sealed box has led the authorities to speculate on whether there may be another source which has yet to be found despite extensive searches and security measures.   The UK government has blamed Russia for the attacks, but they have denied any involvement.

300,000 sign petition for second referendum

Over 300,000 people have signed the Independent newspaper's petition to demand a "Final Say" referendum on the Brexit deal.  Several prominent names, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair, ex-Tory minister Justine Greening and Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable backed the move, which comes as Theresa May struggles to get support from European leaders for her recent Chequers plan.  

Stratford shopping centre closed due to flooding

On Sunday, Stratford shopping centre was closed when 50 of the shops were flooded due to a burst water main and torrential rain. Firefighters attended the scene to try to prevent the water from entering the premises.  The centre is likely to remain closed on Monday.

Child killed and two arrested in Birmingham vehicle accident

A young child was killed in a car accident in the Smethwick area of Birmingham on Sunday.  The incident happened at around 22:50, when apparently the little girl, who was with her father, was struck by the car on a pedestrian crossing.  Two people were arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving, but police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage.

Delays and cancellations impact Eurotunnel trains

Delays and cancellations are currently being reported on Eurotunnel trains due to technical difficulties. High temperatures in the UK are also one of the main factors of travel delays in the last few days as some carriages are not being used due to lack of air-conditioning. Disruptions are likely to last over the weekend, especially on French-bound services. Although Eurostar trains are operating normally, strike action is expected to impact services from London on Saturday.

Train services disrupted by freak weather

Train services out of London, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Sheffield, Leeds, York and Doncaster were delayed on Friday, due to a signalling box at York which was struck by lightning.  London North Eastern Railway (LNER) suggested that passengers should abandon their journeys if at all possible as they were unable to confirm when services would be resumed.  Northern gave similar advice to passengers, while Network Rail said that "severe weather had caused widespread disruption".  The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for thunderstorms across eastern Britain for Friday and Saturday afternoons, and warned that volatile weather conditions could lead to power cuts and road closures. 

Eurocontrol warn of widespread flight disruptions due to storms

Eurocontrol has advised that widespread flight disruptions are likely on Friday across Europe, due to the process of major storms.  Passengers are advised to check with their airline for updates.

Shots exchanged with police in Forest Gate

Police officers observed three men in a car in possession of firearms on Thursday night, resulting in a car chase across East London, and shots exchanged in Forest Gate.  The incident happened at around 22:45 local time, and 15 police cars and a helicopter were involved in the chase.  No injuries were reported and the three men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. 

Huge blaze breaks out in West Hampstead

More than 100 firefighters were deployed when a huge fire broke out at Welbeck Mansions in the north west London suburb of West Hampstead in the early hours of Thursday morning.  Around 50 people were evacuated from the flats, but no injuries were reported. 

One missing after Aberystwyth hotel blaze

The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service rescued 11 adults and three children from a fire at the Belgrave House Hotel in Aberystwyth in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  The blaze broke out at around 02:00 local time, and nearby residents were evacuated as the flames spread to neighbouring properties.  Five of those rescued were taken to hospital and one person is unaccounted for.  

Two held over death of baby found in Manchester woods

Two people have been arrested over the death of a newborn baby girl, whose body was found in woods in Heywood, Manchester in April.  The man and the woman were detained on suspicion of murder, concealing a birth and preventing a lawful burial.  The two are thought to be related to the child, who was born with a congenital heart defect.  

Permission granted for Lancashire fracking

The government has given the go-ahead for the Caudrilla company to frack at its' well site at Preston New Road in Lancashire, subject to certain conditions.  Work is likely to begin in late August or early September at the site, which has been the focus of 18 months of protests by local residents.  Campaigners say that fracking risks air and water pollution, and may exacerbate climate change, but the Energy Minister said that shale gas was an important potential energy source and that regulation would maintain strict environmental standards.  Last week, six protesters broke a court injunction and locked themselves together outside the fracking site.  Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth and directing a high pressure water mixture at rock, fracturing it to release gas.

Met Office warns of continued high temperatures

The Met Office has issued further warnings for temperatures in excess of 33 degrees celsius for the remainder of the week.  People are advised to ensure that they drink plenty of water, avoid direct sunlight between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00, and seek medical attention if those with underlying medical conditions feel unwell.

BA flight declares mid-air emergency over London

A British Airways flight from Heathrow to Warsaw reported technical issues on Monday immediately after departure from Heathrow, and was forced to request emergency assistance.  The flight circled over Essex and south-east London, before returning to the airport.  Heathrow has come under criticism in the last few days over an IT hitch that forced BA to ground all its' aircraft, and a fire alarm that forced the temporary closure of all operations, including air traffic control.  

Man arrested over Hackney shooting

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man received gunshot wounds in Hackney in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Police were called to the incident at around 01:00 local time following reports of gunfire, and arrested a 20-year-old man nearby.  The victim was taken to an east London hospital where he is in a stable condition.  Police are appealing for witnesses.  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that violent crime is on the rise in the UK, with 6,492 offences for the year up to March 2018.  

New scanner may reduce travel restrictions

A new scanner is currently being tested at Heathrow Airport that could reduce the restrictions on carrying liquids in hand luggage.  The computed tomography (CT) scanners can produce a 3D image of luggage items, and have already been tested at Amsterdam's Schipol airport and John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.  The current rules came into force after a 2006 plot to blow up a transatlantic plane with liquid bombs. If the trials are successful, use of the new scanners could also lead to passengers no longer needing to remove items from hand luggage to be screened separately.

Child killed and three injured in Bambridge car crash

A crash between an Audi and a Ford Focus in Banbridge, County Down near Belfast, has left an eight-year-old boy dead, and three other people seriously injured.  The road was closed after the incident around 17:30 local time, as emergency services and an air ambulance attended.  Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage as part of the investigation into the cause of the crash.  

Three-year-old injured in Worcester acid attack

A three-year-old boy in a pushchair suffered serious injuries to his face and arm after he was sprayed with acid in a homeware shop in Worcester on Saturday afternoon.  Police said that they believed the child had been deliberately targeted in the attack at the Shrub Hill Retail Park, but that the motive was unknown.  Three suspects in their 20s were arrested in London as well as a 39-year-old from Wolverhampton, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm . The boy was treated for serious burns and released from hospital.  

Road access to Luton Airport restricted

On Monday morning just before 09:00, road access to the terminal building of Luton airport was restricted due to a medical emergency which required an air ambulance to land on the roadway.

Hong Kong flight makes emergency landing at Manchester

On 20 July, a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Manchester was forced to make an emergency landing.  A hydraulic leak meant that a manual gear extension had to be performed to lower the landing gear.  The aircraft landed safely and was grounded for maintenance.

Drivers warned of travel chaos

More than nine million people are expected to take to UK roads this weekend as schools break up and the summer holidays begin amid a heatwave.  Roads, ports and airports are likely to be exceptionally busy, and forecasters are predicting a yellow weather warning for intense thunderstorms for parts of the UK.  Drivers have already experienced delays on the M11 on Friday morning after a lorry-load of hay caught fire on Thursday afternoon.  The road was reopened after resurfacing works at 09:00 on Friday.  

Woman killed on busy west London street

A woman in her 20s was found severely injured in the street in Ealing, west London, at lunchtime on Thursday.  Police, paramedics and an air ambulance crew were deployed but could not save her life.  A 28-year-old man was arrested nearby, and is being held at a north London police station while investigations were underway.  A post-mortem will take place on Friday to determine the cause of death.  A surge in violent crime in the capital has left a total of 81 people who have been deliberately killed since the start of the year.

Inquest opens into Salisbury poisoning death

On Thursday, an inquest was opened into the death of Dawn Sturgess who died following exposure to Novichok, the same nerve agent that was used in an attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March.  Her partner remains in hospital.  Police discovered a glass bottle at their home which was found to contain the substance, and were trying to establish how the couple came into possession of it.  There was speculation that police have identified several suspects, but the Metropolitan police who are leading the investigation, declined to comment.

Gatwick runway closed due to emergency landing

In the early hours of 20 July, a British Airways flight from Naples to Gatwick made an emergency landing after experiencing technical problems.  The aircraft landed safely but remained on the runway for inspection, with incoming flights temporarily diverted to other airports.    

Manchester airport car parks subjected to crime wave

Dozens of holidaymakers have complained that their cars have been broken into at multi-storey car parks at Manchester airport.  A spokesman for the airport said "We are aware of a number of vehicles being damaged and are working with Greater Manchester Police to introduce a range of additional security measures".  

Flybe flight makes emergency landing at Belfast City Airport

On 18 July, a Flybe flight from Leeds to Belfast developed a crack in the windshield, and was forced to make an emergency landing at George Best Belfast City Airport.  Emergency services were deployed but the aircraft was able to land safely.  

British Airways delays at Heathrow due to computer glitch

British Airways reported long delays and some cancellations at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday night because of a glitch with their computer systems.  According to a spokesman, the issue impacted their ability to produce boarding passes.  The IT system failure comes just over a year after another computer issue forced the cancellation of 726 flights over three days, costing the company around £100 million.  

Fire alarm temporarily disrupts operations at Heathrow Airport

On 18 July, a fire alarm briefly affected the running of Heathrow Airport, including the control tower.  A spokeswoman for the airfield said that emergency services had responded according to regular safety procedures, and operations were quickly resumed.

Government narrowly wins key Brexit vote

Theresa May's government narrowly won a key Brexit vote on Tuesday, against an amendment to the Trade Bill which would have meant the UK remaining in a customs union in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  The vote was won 307 against 301 with the support of some rebel Labour MPs.

Vote Leave fined and referred to police

"Vote Leave" has been fined more than £60,000 for the serious breach of electoral rules and an investigation found "clear and substantial" evidence of wrongdoing, according to the Electoral Commission.  Two officials have been referred to police over false declarations of campaign spending.  Vote Leave donated £625,000 to a smaller group called BeLeave, and although they were allowed to work together, they should not have co-ordinated the spending of the money to sidestep spending limits.  

UK-Italian fighter jet project announced

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced on Monday a two billion pound UK and Italian investment into the Tempest fighter jet as part of the Combat Air Strategy.  Mr Williamson said at the Farnborough Air Show that he welcomed the investment into an industry that supports 18,000 direct jobs in the UK as well as 100,000 indirectly in the supply chain, and is worth £6 billion to the UK.  The aircraft will eventually replace the Typhoon fighter jet and can be used with pilots or as a drone.  It will carry laser-directed energy weapons as well as upgrades on avionics and weapons systems.

Scotland to host UK spaceport

The A'Mhoine Peninsula inSutherland has been chosen as the location of the UK's first spaceport, where rockets will be launched vertically to put satellites into orbit.  Greg Clark, Business Secretary, announced the plan at the Farnborough International Air Show, and told the event "we are one of the best countries in the world for the research, development, manufacturing and application of satellites".  Mr Clark detailed a total of £33.5 million in grants with the majority going to Lockheed.  The goal is to have launches as early as the 2020s.  

Over 200 firefighters tackle Wanstead Flats blaze

A massive fire broke out at Wanstead Flats, which is an area of grassland in east London, on Sunday afternoon.  Police asked people to avoid the area, and residents were advised to keep doors and windows closed.  Over 40 fire engines from Walthamstow, Leytonstone and Hainault stations were involved at the scene of the grass fire which had engulfed an area the size of 100 football pitches.  On Monday morning, the London Fire Brigade confirmed that the blaze was under control, but because of dry conditions, they would continue to damp the area down.   

Justine Greening calls for fresh Brexit referendum

Justine Greening, the former Education Secretary, has called for a second Brexit referendum, saying that the final decision should be given back to the people and taken out of the hands of "deadlocked politicians".  Mrs Greening, who is MP for Putney, says that the proposed deal does not deliver the proper break that leavers voted for, as it means still complying with many EU rules, but without any say on shaping them.  Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out a second vote, as has Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.  Mrs May is expected to be questioned about her Brexit strategy in the Commons when she updates MPs on the last week's NATO summit.  

Arrest made in connection with Trump's visit to Turnberry

Police Scotland have said that they arrested a 55-year-old man in connection with an incident during US President Donald Trump's visit to his Turnberry golf course.  The man is accused of flying a powered parachute in the vicinity of the hotel.  

Fire services tackle huge grass fire near Heathrow Airport

Almost 100 firefighters were involved in dealing with a huge grass fire near to Heathrow Airport on Sunday.  Five hectares of scrubland was involved in the blaze in Feltham, which started at around 16:00 local time.  A spokesman for the airport said that the incident had "no impact" on their operations, and both runways were operating normally.  

A dozen arrests in London demonstrations

On 14 July a total of 12 people were arrested in connection with two major demonstrations which took place in London.  One of the rallies was to welcome Donald Trump, and the other was to demand the release of activist Tommy Robinson, who is serving a 13-month prison sentence.  Smaller groups against Mr Trump and against far-right Mr Robinson were also present. Hundreds of police officers had been deployed during the protests in a bid to ensure security but demonstrators engaged in clashes with each other.  Most of the arrests were for public order offences and assault.

Six arrested in connection with Canvey stabbing

Six people, including youths of 15, 16 and 17 and a woman, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 16-year-old boy suffered three stab wounds after leaving a party on Friday night.  The victim's injuries were not said to be life-threatening, but he remains in hospital.

Belfast rail services disrupted due to security alert

The railway line between Bangor and Belfast has been closed due to a security alert.  Trains due to run through these stations are suspended, and disruption is to be expected for the remainder of the morning.  Tickets are being honoured on Ulsterbus services between Belfast and Bangor.  

False alarm as diner falls ill in Salisbury

Police closed off a road in Salisbury on Thursday night after a diner fell ill at the restaurant where Sergei Skripal and his daughter ate before being hospitalized following contamination with a nerve agent.  Two other people were also affected last week after being exposed to Novichok, a former Soviet nerve agent, one of whom has since died.  The other remains in hospital and has recovered sufficiently to speak to police, who are seeking a contaminated item discarded after the previous attack.  The fears of a further contamination on Thursday proved to be a false alarm, and police have said there is no concern over the man's health.  

Trade deal with US unlikely, says Trump

President Trump has said that the UK will "probably not get a trade deal" with the US if Theresa May's Brexit plan goes ahead, as it would mean the US would be dealing with the EU, and not exclusively with the UK.  Mr Trump also said that Boris Johnson, who resigned as Foreign Secretary this week, would make a "great prime minister", as well as criticising London Mayor Sadiq Khan over terror attacks and violence in the capital.  Mr Khan had given permission for a giant inflatable of Mr Trump to fly over London.  Protesters had gathered outside the US Ambassador's residence in Regent's Park as Mr Trump arrived in the UK, and around a thousand of them also demonstrated outside Blenheim Palace where he and his wife were given a red-carpet reception on Thursday evening.  On Friday, Mrs May and Mr Trump will watch a counter-terrorism exercise at a military base before travelling to Chequers for talks with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and then on to Windsor to meet the Queen.  The President and his wife will then fly to Scotland to his Turnberry golf resort for the weekend.

Further unrest in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

On 13 July there was a further night of unrest and violent disorder in Londonderry, including petrol bombs being thrown at police and vehicles in the Bogside area.  The incidents come in the wake of 12th of July Orange Order commemorations to mark the 1690 victory of Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne.  The Police Service of Northern Ireland have expressed "regret" at the outbreak of violence and said that young children were also involved in the attacks.  

President Trump to arrive in the UK later today

US President Donald Trump arrives in the UK later today for a two-day working visit, including meeting Prime Minister Theresa May and the Queen.  Extra security has been put in place and large-scale protests are expected over some of his controversial policies.  Mr Trump is expected to avoid London where the majority of the protests are likely to take place, and instead will visit Blenheim Palace, Chequers and Windsor Castle.  The security operation for the visit is estimated to cost around £9 million, with officers from nearly every force deployed.  Mrs May has said that the visit is an opportunity to "boost trade and strengthen cooperation on security", as well discussing Brexit and the Middle East.  She has also said that she expects Mr Trump to raise matters such as the Salisbury nerve agent attack, with President Putin of Russia when he meets him on Monday. 

17 venues to celebrate 12 July marches

17 venues throughout Northern Ireland are set to mark the 328th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne today with Orange Order parades.  Traffic is likely to be severely disrupted throughout Belfast and other large towns across Antrim, Down, Londonderry, Tyrone, Fermanagh and Armagh.  There will be a heavy security presence at the events.  

Former ambassador to US attacked at Victoria station

Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to the US, was attacked at Victoria station in London on Wednesday and had to be hospitalized for his injuries.  After retiring, Mr Meyer became chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, the newspaper regulatory body, but police believe the incident was a failed robbery and was not politically motivated.  Two individuals were arrested shortly after the attack.  Violent offences in the country increased by 21 percent last year.

Vehicles burnt and roads blocked by loyalist bonfires in Belfast

Cars and a bus were torched in violence linked to loyalist bonfires on Wednesday night, following a day of tension after police supervised the clearing of two bonfire sites amid fears of damage to property.  Hundreds of bonfires were set to be lit at midnight as part of a loyalist tradition that marks the anniversary of the Protestant victory over the Catholics at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.  A further security alert caused the closure of the dual carriageway to Belfast City airport, preventing passengers from leaving the terminal building.  In Newtownards, Co Down, a bus was hijacked by masked men who were thought to be armed.  None of the passengers were injured, but he bus was later set on fire.  

Facebook to face maximum possible fine

Britain's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has said that she intends to fine Facebook £500,000, which is the maximum possible, for the use of data analytics by political campaigns.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been questioned by both US and EU lawmakers over how the Cambridge Analytica were able to obtain the personal data of 87 million users of the social media app from a researcher.  Ms Denham said that Facebook, which has a market value of $590 billion, had broken the law by failing to safeguard user's information, and had not been sufficiently transparent about how data could be harvested by others.  

Large crowds expected ahead of protests against US President's visit

Large crowds are expected to take part in several protests ahead of US President Donald Trump's official visit to the UK. On Thursday, protesters will gather outside Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. During the evening, a protest is scheduled at Regent's Park, near the US Ambassador's residence. On Friday morning, demonstrators will gather outside Chequers in Buckinghamshire, where he will meet Prime Minister Theresa May. The main march will take place on Friday afternoon from outside the BBC at Portland Place towards Trafalgar Square. In the evening, protests are also expected outside Windsor Castle, during President Trump's meeting with the Queen. Demonstrations have also been scheduled in Glasgow, Scotland, where President Trump is heading on Saturday. Enhanced security measures and severe travel disruption are expected around those venues.

Frozen sweetcorn recalled over Listeria outbreak

The Food Standards Agency has named more frozen vegetable products that are being withdrawn from shelves in the UK, after a food poisoning alert that has killed nine people in Europe.  Over 50 products which contain frozen sweetcorn have been named, including own-name brands from Tesco, Sainsbury's Waitrose and Iceland.  Symptoms include severe headache, stiff neck and an upset stomach.  Most people will recover in a few days, but the listeria bacteria is particularly dangerous for the elderly, pregnant women and babies.  Listeria can be killed with thorough cooking, but sweetcorn is often eaten raw in salads.  The contamination has been linked to a frozen food plant in Hungary.  

Aptamil baby milk under scrutiny

French company Danone is investigating reports that its' baby milk formula, Aptamil, is making some infants ill after it changed its' recipe and instructions.  Hundreds of UK parents have taken to social media complaining that their children have become unwell with upset stomachs after consuming Aptamil First Infant Milk powder, Aptamil Follow On Milk Powder and Aptamil Growing Up Milk powder.  The company has set up a free helpline that parents can use for advice on 0800 996 1000.  

Cabinet meets in attempt to unify government

Theresa May will meet with her reshuffled cabinet on Tuesday in an attempt to unify her government following the resignation of two senior ministers yesterday.  David Davis, the Brexit Minister resigned and was replaced by Dominic Raab, and Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary followed, and was replaced by Jeremy Hunt.  Mrs May had warned the Cabinet on Monday that internal squabbling could pave the way for opposition leader Jeremy Corbin to take power.  She has made proposals for a future EU relationship after Britain leaves the bloc next March and must now convince EU leaders that they can work.  German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, arrives in London later on Tuesday.  In the June 2016 referendum, a narrow majority backed leaving the EU, citing concerns over immigration, sovereignty and financial payments to the bloc.  The government is struggling to find a way of tackling these issues while avoiding burdonsome customs arrangements that could damage trade.  

Road closures and disruption in London due to RAF events

Royal Air Force events being held to celebrate the 100-year anniversary will close roads around the St James's Park area of London, including The Mall, Birdcage Walk, Constitution Hill, Marlborough Road and Victoria Street between the hours of 07:00 and 18:00 on Tuesday.  

Flight delays at Heathrow for RAF flypast

Some flight delays and disruptions are likely at Heathrow airport his afternoon, as the RAF perform a fly-past for their 100th anniversary.  

Foreign secretary resigns amid Brexit row

Boris Johnson has announced his resignation as the UK's foreign secretary amid an ongoing row over Brexit. Johnson's resignations comes just a day after fellow cabinet minister, Brexit Secretary David Davis, resigned amid a growing political crisis over the direction of the UK's Brexit strategy. The resignations have been seen as part of an effort to put pressure on PM Theresa May over Brexit policy going forward. According to the BBC, Johnson's resignation has been announced less than hour ahead of May's address to parliament regarding her new plan for Brexit. A replacement is due to be announced shortly.

Dominic Raab appointed new Brexit secretary

Dominic Raab has been appointed as the new Brexit secretary following the resignation of David Davis on Sunday evening.  On Friday, the entire cabinet had spent over 12 hours at Chequers working out proposals for the UK's future relationship with the EU.  Mr Davis had agreed with the proposals but he resigned at the weekend after "mulling over" his decision.  His deputy, Steve Baker, also resigned.  Mr Raab is a Brexiteer, and was previously a housing minister.  

Woman exposed to nerve agent dies

Dawn Sturgess, who had been hospitalised in Salisbury after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok, died on Sunday evening.  She had fallen ill last Saturday, and her partner remains in critical condition.  Police are continuing their enquiries into how the couple came into contact with the substance, which it is thought could have been through a contaminated article discarded after the poisoning of former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter four months ago.  Six locations which the couple had visited last weekend before falling ill have been cordoned off for further examination.  Police have opened a murder investigation.

Hand luggage restrictions on powdered products to be considered

The government is considering imposing new airline hand-luggage restrictions on powdered items such as baby milk powder, coffee, spices and protein mixes, which would bring Britain in line with the United States, Australia and New Zealand.  The move comes after a foiled plot by Islamic-State attackers who attempted to place an explosive device on a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi last year, but failed to get the powdered component through security.  Powdered substances could be restricted to 12 ounces, and would be subjected to extra screening. Tight restrictions on liquids in hand luggage were introduced 12 years ago. 

Call for social media giants to combat people-smuggling

The National Crime Agency has called for social media giants to combat people smugglers who are using Facebook, amongst other platforms, to legitimise their business which is thought to be worth £6 billion. Migrants pay thousands of euros to make dangerous crossings, and are often subjected to physical and sexual abuse.  An NCA taskforce has been targeting the smugglers operating in the Mediterranean and on the UK borders.  Crossings from Libya to Italy and Malta have fallen by 75 percent in the last year, but the number of deaths continue at a high level, including 300 deaths just last week.  

Woman murdered and son injured in Aylesbury attack

A 54-year-old woman was stabbed to death in front of her home on Saturday afternoon while her son was seriously injured.  The attack took place while England were playing a World Cup football fixture, and while children played in a park nearby.   A 32-year-old man has been arrested, and police have said that they believe the attack to be an isolated incident.  

Man arrested following Grimsby gas explosion

A man has been arrested following a small gas explosion at a building in Grimsby in the early hours of  Monday.  Two fire appliances attended the scene and the road was closed off.  A spokeperson for Humberside Fire and Rescue said that the cause of the blast was "deliberate ignition", and one suspect was detained on suspicion of arson and making threats to kill.

Brexit meeting under way at Chequers

The Cabinet is staging a 12-hour meeting at Chequers, the Prime Minister's country home today, in a bid to decide on the UK's negotiating stance with the EU.  A spokesman said that Mrs May hopes to produce a package of proposals that deliver on the referendum vote, with "the minimum of disruption to British jobs, British trade and investment".  

Police searching for source of nerve agent poisoning

Police are urgently searching for the source of a former Soviet nerve agent in the Salisbury area, which has left two local people in critical condition in hospital.  Authorities believe that the pair could have been exposed to a contaminated container that had been used in the March poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, who were found slumped on a bench in the same area.  The father and daughter were both hospitalised for a lengthy period, but survived.  British officials blamed Russia for the incident, but the Kremlin denies any involvement.

Novichok poisoning confirmed in Salisbury

The couple who were hospitalized in Salisbury at the weekend in a suspected poisoning case remain in critical condition as the authorities confirmed that the substance involved was the former Soviet nerve agent Novichok.  Public Health England Medical Director Paul Cosford said that the public should avoid picking up discarded objects, which he said was precautionary advice but "sensible".  The incident comes just months after former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the nerve agent in the same area, sparking a diplomatic row with Russia. 

Boy arrested over child's murder in Bute

A boy aged under 18 has been arrested for the murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on the Scottish island of Bute.  The girl had been reported missing by her grandmother at 06:25 on Monday, and her body was found in woodland a few hours later.  She had been on holiday at the home of her paternal grandparents, and police were continuing to search their premises and grounds as well as appealing to the public for further information.

Major rail disruption reported between London and Gatwick

National Rail has reported that, due to a major fault with the signalling systems, Southern Rail, Thameslink and the Gatwick Express networks are experiencing significant service disruptions.  Members of the public have been advised to avoid travelling through London Victoria, and the Gatwick Express has been cancelled for the whole of Thursday.  

Boy stabbed to death in Liverpool

On Tuesday night, Merseyside police were called to an incident where a 16-year-old boy had been stabbed.  He was taken to hospital, but later died from his injuries.  Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack in Belle Vale Road.

Major incident declared in Amesbury, two critical

Two people are in critical condition in Salisbury District Hospital after being exposed to an unknown substance in Amesbury, Wiltshire.  A major incident has been declared while investigations are underway.  Public Health England said there was no significant health risk to the wider public, but the event comes just months after Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by a soviet-era nerve agent, also in the Salisbury area, sparking a major diplomatic row with Russia.  

Security staff at Manchester airport consider strike action

Around 1,200 security workers at Manchester airport are to consider strike action over a new roster which they say will force them to work more days, including weekends.  Unite the union and Unison representatives will hold talks on Thursday with airport management in a bid to resolve the dispute and avoid disruption to Manchester airport's passengers over the busy summer period.

Morning travel disruption on Central and District tube lines

Severe delays and disruption have been reported on a number of underground lines on Tuesday, due to signal failures at Paddington and Liverpool Street.   Delays continue on both the Central and Circle lines, while the District line is part-suspended.  The Hammersmith and City line was also reporting minor delays.  Passengers are advised that tickets are being accepted on London buses.  

Wildfires prompt evacuations in Gwyneddn

A wildfire in Bethesda in Gwynedd in the early hours of Tuesday, has prompted authorities to issue an evacuation order for more than 50 properties as a precaution.  North Wales Fire and Rescue Service (NWFRS) are working to control the blaze, and there have been no reports of injuries.  Hot dry weather has provided the perfect environment for wildfires, and additional blazes have been reported at Maerdy mountain in Rhondda Cynon Taff, and Pembrey Mountain in Carmarthenshire.  

Firefighters deployed to Winter Hill as two large wildfires merge

Dozens of firefighters are still battling major fires in northern England as two wildfires merged over the weekend. Lancashire Fire service said that: "We are dealing with a rapidly developing aggressive fire across all vegetation types, including woodlands." Police have advised people and drivers to avoid areas around Winter Hill and Court Road, near Bolton, while a large stretch along Belmond Road is currently closed. Another major wildfire, located nearly 30 miles away from Winter Hill, is still active at Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester.

Firefighters deployed over tower block fire in east London

Dozens of firefighters have been deployed after a fire broke out in a tower block in east London. Reports revealed that the fire erupted on Friday afternoon at the 12th floor of Grafton House in Wellington Way, Mile End. Dozens of residents were evacuated while no reports of injuries were confirmed. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has said that the fire is already under control.

Fire breaks out on Saddleworth Moor

A large fire has broken out on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester. The blaze has forced some 50 houses to be evacuated as the Army is put on standby to help fire fighters trying to tackle the fire. According to the BBC, the fire broke out on Sunday night, but reignited on Monday amid hot and dry weather, before strong winds further spread the fire on Tuesday. The fire currently measures about 3.7 miles across the hilly area. It remains unclear what may have caused the fire.

EU withdrawal bill becomes law

House Speaker John Bercow has announced on Tuesday that the so-called Brexit bill has been officially turned into law after long-standing grievances linked to the bill's wording and guidelines. The bill was mainly resisted by the House of Lords, but the bill was later passed and received royal assent. The move allows a several pieces of legislation from the EU to be translated into UK law to ensure a smooth transition ahead of the UK departure on 29 March. It also grants the parliament a vote on the final aspects of the UK withdrawal.

Several injured in road crash in Cambridgeshire

At least a dozen people have been injured when a bus collided into a lorry in Cambridgeshire. The accident happened on Tuesday morning along the A47 Thorney Road in Guyhirn. Emergency services told the BBC that some of the patients suffered severe injuries. Traffic along the A47 stretch between Thorney and Ring's End was blocked during the morning as emergency services rushed to the scene.

MPs approve bill to build London Heathrow's third runway

Members of Parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill which seeks to build a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport (LHR). Despite 415 MPs voted in favour, the bill faced some resistance regarding pollution and noise concerns. London Mayor Sadiq Kahn said that he is teaming up with local councils and environmental groups to file legal action against the project. It is expected that the 14-billion-pound project may increase air traffic at LHR to 740,000 flights per year.

Yellow health warning issued as heatwave hits UK

A yellow health warning has been issued in the UK as a heatwave sweeps across the country. The Met Office issued the warning on Tuesday morning and is set to stay in place until Thursday evening. According to the BBC, the warning indicates an 80 percent chance of temperatures being high enough to present a risk to health. Network Rail has also announced that services will be operated at a reduced speed due to fears the railway tracks could buckle in the heat. The heatwave is set to last until the weekend.

Airbus to leave UK in the event of no-deal Brexit

Aeronautical firm Airbus has said that it plans to leave the UK in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit, and that it would reconsider its' investments and long-term footprint in the country.  It is likely that production would move to China, the US, or elsewhere in Europe.  The company employs around 14,000 people in the UK, at sites in Bristol, Stevenage, Portsmouth and north Wales.  The company also commented that the current planned transition period to 2020 was too short for businesses to reorganize supply chains.  A spokesperson from Downing Street said that significant progress had been made to ensure free trade, including the aerospace sector. 

Charing Cross station evacuated in bomb scare

Charing Cross mainline and underground stations were evacuated at the start of the morning rush hour on Friday, when a man on the tracks claimed to have a bomb.  Officers from the Metropolitan Police and firearms officers attended the scene, and a 38-year-old man was detained under the Mental Health Act.  Services on both rail and tube were affected for several hours.

Car crash causes gas leak in Wickford

Several properties in Wickford, Essex, were evacuated as a precaution on Thursday evening, when a car crashed into a cafe, potentially causing a gas leak.  The Fire and Rescue Service left the scene at around 22:30 when the scene was declared safe.  A 37-year-old woman was arrested for drink driving.

Disruption at Glasgow Central station

On 21 June, a signalling fault is causing disruption for commuters travelling to and from Glasgow Central station.  Trains to and from the station to East Kilbride, Ayr, Kilmarnock and Largs are affected.

Police arrest suspect after London Tube blast

The London Met Police have arrested a 23-year-old man after a small blast on a London Tube wounded five people yesterday. According to the BBC, the man was arrested on suspicion of an "act likely to cause an explosion" following the incident at Southgate station in north London. Witnesses claim they saw six-foot flames at the entrance to Southgate Underground and could smell burning rubber. It's believed the explosion was caused by a faulty drill battery. Investigations remain ongoing.

Diversions in place on M23 to Gatwick

From 19 June to 25 June, all southbound lanes of the M23 between Junctions 7 and 11 will be closed between 22:00 and 04:00, due to road improvements.  Diversions will be in place, but passengers travelling to Gatwick are advised to leave extra time for their journey to the airport.

Five injured in explosion at tube station

On 19 June, five people were injured when a short circuit caused a minor explosion at the entrance to Southgate underground station in Enfield during morning rush hour.  The station was temporarily evacuated.

Government rejects bid to legalise cannabis

The UK government has rejected a bid to legalise cannabis for recreational use. Former Conservative Party leader, Lord Hague, had supported the push to legalise the drug, claiming the war on cannabis had been "irreversibly lost" and a change of policy was needed. Debate on the topic was sparked by the case of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell - a boy with epilepsy who was granted a special licence to use cannabis oil to treat his condition. The call for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis has received widespread support from other parents of children with severe epilepsy. 

New Brexit defeat for government in Lords

The House of Lords has decided that MPs should have to approve whatever the government plans to do in the event of no final agreement with the EU, in a further defeat for Theresa May.  The issue will be sent back to the House of Commons for a debate on Wednesday.  The row centres on what will happen if Parliament votes to reject the final deal agreed by the government, or if no deal is reached.

Three killed at south London train station

Three people were killed on Monday after being hit by a train at Loughborough Junction station in south London.  Police were called at around 07:30 to reports of bodies on the tracks, and an investigation was started immediately to ascertain who the victims are, and how they came to lose their lives on the railway.  Preliminary reports suggest that the victims may have been graffiti artists.

Paddington-Heathrow train services suspended after incident

Train services between Paddington and Heathrow (all terminals) have been temporarily suspended following an incident on the track. Transport for London (TfL) confirmed the suspension on their Twitter page, which was allegedly caused by a person being hit by a train. It was also stated that tickets bought for that service will be accepted on the Piccadilly line and on all local bus services. Passengers should allow extra journeying time and have been advised to monitor the TfL Twitter page for further updates.

Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU medical workers

Theresa May announced on Thursday that immigration rules for non-EU skilled workers, particularly doctors and nurses, would be relaxed in a bid to enable the National Health Service (NHS) to fill vacant positions.  The previous cap was introduced when Mrs May was interior minister and was intended to reduce immigration in line with Conservative campaign promises.  The NHS has relied on recruiting professionals from abroad for decades, and currently has tens of thousands of vacancies, a problem which could be compounded by Brexit which could place restrictions on EU workers coming to the UK. 

Man stabbed in Croydon

A 20-year-old man has been stabbed in Croydon on the outskirts of London. The incident occurred along a high street, near Barclays Bank on the intersection of George Street and Wellesley Street. A witness allegedly told reporters the victim had been asking for spare change earlier in the day and was later chased, wounded, down the street by the attacker. The police have responded to the scene and cordoned off the area. The victim has been taken to hospital where it's believed he is being treated for knife wounds to the head.

Dixons Carphone reveals massive data breach

The owners of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse have announced that there has been an unauthorised breach of 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records.  The company is urging customers to take protective measures, but said there is no evidence of related fraud at this stage.  

Detainee admits to terror plot

A 23-year-old detainee, Jack Renshaw, has admitted to plotting a terrorist attack. Renshaw pleaded guilty to preparing an act of terrorism by purchasing a machete with the aim to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper. The accused is believed to be a member of the banned far-right group, National Action, although Renshaw denies any affiliation. According to the BBC, five other men are also on trial in connection with the case.

Police evacuate shopping centre in Reading

The police have reportedly evacuated the Oracle shopping centre in Reading after the alarm was raised over a suspicious unidentified item. A full evacuation of the complex and adjoining car parks was ordered by the police on Tuesday morning. The Thames Valley Police have recently published an update on their Twitter page, confirming the situation remains ongoing and that road closures have been put in place around the area. Nearby residents have been advised to stay inside.

Justice Minister resigns over Brexit strategy

Philip Lee, the Justice Minister, has resigned over the Brexit strategy being pursued, saying that it breaches fundamental principles on human rights and Parliamentary sovereignty.  The Commons will vote later today over whether to give MPs a decisive say on any final deal to be struck with the EU in the autumn. The EU withdrawal bill is the legislation intended to ensure that the UK has a smooth transition out of the EU, and the House of Lords has put forward 15 proposed amendments to the bill, but the government is keen to avoid any changes. David Davis said that the UK's whole approach risked being undermined by amendments to the flagship Brexit bill.

Explosions at house in Llanbradach injures five

Severeal large explosions ripped through a house in Llanbradach on Monday afternoon, leaving its' five occupants with burn injuries.  South Wales Fire and Rescue Service worked in hazardous conditions to control the resulting blaze and prevent it from spreading to adjacent properties.  Authorities are investigating the cause of the explosions.  

Rolls Royce announce thousands of job cuts

British engineering company Rolls Royce have announced 4000 job cuts as part of a restructuring move.  The company has been plagued with complaints about  a component of their Trent 1000 package C aircraft engine that is forcing airlines to implement extra inspections and has led to the grounding of planes.  A further announcement is expected on Friday 15 June. 

Disruption and cancellations for Norfolk to London train routes

A major technical fault at Liverpool Street Station was discovered at the weekend, which has led to severe disruptions and cancellations to Greater Anglia services to and from Norfolk.  Two platforms at the London station have been closed, with restrictions to services expected to last until the end of the week.  Greater Anglia apologised for the inconvenience to passengers and confirmed that ticket restrictions had been lifted, and that their tickets would also be valid on West Anglia services.  

Man wounded in Luton stabbing

A man has been wounded in a stabbing incident in Luton. The incident reportedly occurred on Montrose Avenue, where the police have cordoned off the road as they attend to the scene. It remains unclear how the incident broke out, while it has been confirmed that the victim is now receiving hospital treatment.

Three further stabbings in London in one night

Two men and a teenager were stabbed in London last night in unrelated attacks that occurred within two hours of each other.  The incidents, in Harrow, Northolt and Brixton, bring the total of murders in London this year to 74. Police are appealing for witnesses to any of the attacks.

North London hospital evacuated due to fire

Several wards of Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield were evacuated on Sunday evening, after fire broke out on the ground floor of the two-storey building.  Almost 60 firefighters were deployed to control the blaze, and two hospital employees were hospitalized, with several patients treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.  

Supreme Court rejects appeal on Northern Ireland abortion law

Supreme Court judges have rejected an appeal linked to the current abortion law in Northern Ireland. The case has been submitted by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), which claimed that the current legislation violates principles predicted under the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). Judges ruled that such claims were not compatible with ECHR, but acknowledged that some reforms are widely necessary. Abortion in Northern Ireland is only allowed in certain and very specific circumstances, while it does not abide by the UK 1967 Abortion Act.

Massive blaze breaks out at a hotel in Knightsbridge, London

Dozens of firefighters and more than a dozen fire engines have been deployed to central London after a massive blaze broke out at a building on Wednesday afternoon. Reports suggest that the fire erupted at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, while its origins remain unknown. London Fire Brigade said that the fire was producing a lot a smoke. No casualties were so far confirmed. BBC reported that Knightsbridge is currently closed between Sloane Square and Grosvenor Place.

Cabinet approves third runway at Heathrow

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister chaired a meeting of ministers on the Cabinet's economic sub-committee, at which the go-ahead was given for a third runway at Heathrow.  MPs will be given a vote on the decision in the next few weeks. Labour are demanding environmental tests be met before they consent, while critics, including several conservative MPs, say that the decision on Heathrow is being taken in the absence of any policy on how to tackle aviation's carbon emissions.  Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, said that Heathrow was the best option to increase passenger capacity and boost the national economy while being cost-effective.  He acknowledged the concerns of people living around the airport, but promised a generous package of compensation, noise insulation and improvements to public amenities.

Planned Jubilee line strike suspended

Strike action which had been planned for Wednesday 6 June on the Jubilee line, has been suspended, with normal services now expected to run. 

Baby boy wounded in Hounslow stabbing

A one-year-old infant boy has been seriously wounded in a stabbing incident in Hounslow, west London. According to the BBC, the emergency services responded to a call at a property on Swinfield Close, where they found the child in a critical condition, along with a woman in her thirties who was suffering from less serious injuries. The police have launched a search for a man who lives at the same address and is known to the victims.

Further storms forecast for Friday

After torrential rain and thunderstorms on Thursday, forecasters hae warned of further storms due to hit the UK today, with yellow weather warnings in place for much of the country.  Thunderstorms are likely for Scotland, Northern Ireland, most of the north of England, Wales and the Midlands.  Damage from the storms on Thursday night has affected transport and roads as local authorities work to repair damage and clear debris.

Car drives into crowd at Trafford Park

Five people were seriously injured when a car struck a crowd of people at Trafford Park in Manchester on Thursday evening.  The car failed to stop at the scene and police investigations were immediately launched.  A blue BMW which was believed to be involved in the collision was found in the Salford area shortly after the incident, which occurred at around 21:45.  One person was detained.  There is no suggestion at this stage that the matter was terror-related.

Inclement weather triggers flight delays at London airports

Severe flight delays are currently being reported at London Stansted Airport (STN). Eurocontrol stated on Thursday afternoon that disruption is expected to last until the early evening due to inclement weather. Disruptions are also being reported at London Heathrow (LHR) and London Gatwick (LGW) until the end of the day. Passengers have been advised to check for flight status updates before heading to the airport.

New laws proposed to control gang violence

In a move to clamp down on knife and gun violence, police are to be given new powers to clamp down on those who "glamourise" such crimes through videos and music.  Police Commander Jim Stokley said that the new measures mean police no longer needed to link media with specific crimes to secure a conviction for incitement to violence.  The proposals need to be approved by the judiciary before they can be enforced, but mean that gang members could be treated like terrorist suspects.  YouTube have recently removed more than half of the music videos that Scotland Yard had requested be deleted because of a call to violence.  Social media, in particular videos of gangs threatening each other with violent lyrics and hand signals, are thought to have contributed to a surge of more than 60 murders in the capital alone this year.

Flight returns to Gatwick for emergency landing

An Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Milan declared an emergency at 08:30 on Thursday and diverted to Gatwick airport for an emergency landing.  An airline spokesman said that the incident was related to a medical issue with a patient, and that the flight would continue its' journey to Milan, arriving in the early afternoon.  There are no ongoing delays anticipated.

London City flights delayed due to fog

London City Airport announced this morning that due to foggy conditions, some flights may be delayed or cancelled.  Passengers are advised to contact their airline before departing for the airport.

Fresh storms cause travel disruptions

Lightning strikes and heavy rain caused numerous flights to be cancelled from Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow on Tuesday, with fresh storms overnight causing more problems for travellers.  Severe delays were also experienced on trains, including the Eurostar.  The Met Office said that while thunderstorms were to be expected in the summer months due to warmer air, the longevity of the period of thundery showers is causing the problems.  

Man arrested after huge traffic accident in Dartford

25 vehicles were damaged and more than a dozen people injured in a road traffic incident in Dartford, Kent on Tuesday evening.  Emergency services attended the scene and the road was temporarily closed while the vehicles and debris were removed.  One person has been arrested on suspicion of careless driving. 

Sinkhole causes disruption in Kent

A sinkhole has caused disruption in Kent, after it opened up in a main road between Maidstone and Tonbridge. According to the BBC, at least 10 residential properties nearby were evacuated as police responded to the incident on the A26. It's believed that the two-metre-wide opening to the sinkhole is just the tip of the iceberg, as the void underneath is estimated to extend a further 20 metres under ground and could take several weeks to fully repair. The A26 has been closed between Hermitage Lane and Queens Road and a diversion is currently in place.

Flights delayed due to lightning strikes at Stansted

Over 200 flights were disrupted during the morning of 27 May when lightning strikes damaged an aircraft refuelling system at London Stansted airport.  The incident occurred between 05:00 and 11:00 in storms that unleashed more than 64,000 thunderbolts on the UK.  

Manchester airport gate evacuated due to structural damage

One of the gates at Manchester airport was evacuated on Tuesday morning, when a structural fault appeared in the floor and walls.  The passengers were evacuated as a precautionary measure, and some temporary delays were caused.

GDPR enters in effect across the EU

The so-called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has entered in effect across the EU. GDPR was approved back in 2016 and seeks to give EU citizens more control over the use of shared personal content with companies and online services. Such forced companies across the EU to introduce a different approach on how to gain consent from individuals to collect and use their data. The GDPR introduction comes amid growing concerns over the use, sale and share of personal data from tech giants to third parts.

Luton airport baggage handlers to strike this weekend

Members of the Unite union working for Menzies Aviation have rejected a pay offer from the management and have announced that they will take industrial action from 3am on Saturday until 2pm on Sunday.  The company handles Easyjet and British Airway's sister company, Vueling, and a walkout would hit families flying out for half-term. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline.

Teenager arrested in counter-terrorism raid

On Wednesday, a teenager was arrested in Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism.  A 20-year-old woman was also arrested in London later that day in connection with the same case, charged with failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism.  The arrests come almost exactly a year after the Manchester bombing, and at a time when the UK terror threat level is severe according to MI5.  

Retaliation against cyber attacks deemed lawful

In a speech at Chatham House on 23 May, the Attorney General said that retaliation against cyber attacks is lawful under international law.  Jeremy Wright QC MP, said a UN expert group had found that the UN Charter applies to cyberspace, meaning that a state has an inherent right to defend itself in response to a cyber operation "meeting the threshold of an armed attack".  Such a threshold could include interference with the operation of a nuclear reactor or the targeting of essential services such as air traffic control or medical facilities. 

Brexit negotiators to discuss Northern Ireland

Brexit negotiators are to tackle the issue of Northern Ireland in Brussels on Wednesday, and whilst Britain and the EU have agreed that there should be no hard border, they are at odds on how to acheive it.  The EU proposal is that Northern Ireland would stay in the customs union and most of the single market, which the UK has rejected but has not yet presented its' own solution to the issue.  The President of the European Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, will visit the border on Wednesday as part of a fact-finding mission.  

Direct flights from London to Brunei to be launched

On 22 May, Royal Brunei Airlines announced that they are to launch daily non-stop flights between London and Brunei with effect from 28 October.  The route is the first time that the two locations will be linked with a direct flight.

Measles outbreak in Sussex

Fifteen cases of measles have been reported at a school in West Sussex according to Public Health England (PHE).  Authorities are urging anyone who may have missed their innoculations as a child, to go to their GP for the vaccination. The UK recently achieved World Health Organization (WHO) elimination status for measles, but it is thought that travel between European countries which are experiencing measles epidemics, together with a failure to take up the recommended vaccinations, are responsible for the outbreak.  Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads by an infected person coughing, sneezing or even breathing.  Symptoms include runny nose, cough, sore eyes, fever and a rash.  In one in 15 cases it can cause life-threatening complications.  

Four million trains rescheduled in timetable change

The UK's biggest rail timetable change came into effect on Sunday, with four million trains rescheduled in a move designed to increase frequencies and reliability.  Delays were reported on Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern on Monday morning, the first rush-hour since the changes were implemented.  One of the major changes is that trains across the south-east will be funnelled through a central core between London Blackfriars and St Pancras International.  Many of the timetable changes are tthe result of a seven billion pound investment in the Thameslink programme, including the rebuilding of London Bridge station.  Some rail providers had already anticipated disruption to services in the initial stages as trains and drivers are redeployed to the correct locations. 

Severe disruption on M42 near Birmingham airport

On Monday morning traffic was severely disrupted near Birmingham airport due to a collision on the M42 between five vehicles.  Delays of up to an hour and a half have been reported and motorists have been advised to seek an alternative route, whilst travellers from the airport are advised to leave extra time for their journey.

Theresa May pledges commitment to European security

At the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, Theresa May pledged her commitment to the security of Europe after Brexit.  She said that a "stable Balkans" leads to a more stable and secure Europe.  She is due to travel to Macedonia to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.  The next Western Balkans summit will be held in London in July.  

Increased security for royal wedding in Windsor

Increased security measures are already in place on 18 May in Windsor, Berkshire, 19 miles west of London, where Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle on Saturday.  Around 100,000 spectators and 5,000 journalists are expected to attend.  Security services have erected barriers, closed roads and deployed over 1,000 police officers in the area.  

Two killed in separate stabbing incidents

Two people were killed on 17 May in separate stabbing incidents.  One victim was killed in Sutton Coldfield at around 15:30.  The second was stabbed to death at 23:30 in Barking, bringing the number of fatal stabbings in the Greater London area to 63 this year.  Another person was injured by a stabbing in Tulse Hill at 19:45, and four suspects were arrested.  Police are investigating all the incidents.

London City airport evacuated

On Wednesday evening, hundreds of passengers were evacuated from London City airport when a fire alarm sounded.  All flights in and out of the airport were suspended while emergency services investigated the cause of the incident, which was eventually declared a false alarm.  Flights resumed at around 19.30.

Scotland votes against Brexit bill

On 15 May, the Scottish parliament passed a motion by 93 to 30, stating that it does not consent to the UK government's EU withdrawal bill.

MI5 chief warns of further IS threats

Andrew Parker, head of MI5, has warned that the Islamic State group are aspiring to commit more attacks in Europe after losing territory in the Middle East.  Speaking at a meeting of European security chiefs in Berlin, he also condemned Russia for the "targeted" poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury and revealed that 12 terror attacks had been thwarted in the UK since the Westminster attack in 2017.  Mr Parker also added that European intelligence agencies had to rely on shared co-operation more than ever, and thanked them for their assistance in the investigation into the Manchester bombing last year.  

Manchester man detained under Terrorism Act

Bomb disposal officers were called to a house in Little Hulton, near Manchester, when suspicious items were found during a raid at the premises. A 33-year-old man was detained under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of possessing information likely to be useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism.  The police said that there was no wider risk to the public.

BT to cut thousands of jobs and close London HQ

BT has announced its' plans to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years, mainly back-office and middle management roles, in an attempt to reduce costs by around £1.5 billion.  The company announced that it will hire around 6,000 new employees to support network deployment and customer service in a move that will see it become more "lean and agile".  Chief Executive Gavin Patterson said that the company will also move out of its' Central London base into smaller premises, and said that the measures were in response to changes in the telecoms market.  Last year, BT was forced to write down the value of the Italian part of the organization after an accounting scandal, and announced a 13-year plan to plug a huge pension deficit. 

Further violent attacks across London

Police were called to three separate incidents of violence in Twickenham, Woolwich and Hackney yesterday, following a bank holiday weekend which saw a series of gun and knife attacks across London.  Extra police have been deployed supported by armed units in an attempt to curb the wave of violence.  

Cyber attack targets Sheffield Credit Union

Sheffield Credit Union (SCU) have said that the data of around 15,000 of its' members had been targetted in a cyber attack in February.  The information accessed is believed to include names, addresses, national insurance numbers and bank account details, which South Yorkshire Police said may leave victims open to fraud.  Credit Union members have been advised to monitor their bank and credit reports, and be suspicious of any text messaging or cold calling about their accounts.  The attack only came to light when the hackers threatened to publish the data unless a ransom was paid.  

Thousands march for Scottish independence

Thousands of protesters marched in Glasgow on Saturday in a call for independence, four years after a referendum failed to secure the result they desired.  The 2014 referendum was defeated, prompting the resignation of First Minister Alex Salmond, who was replaced by Nicola Sturgeon.  The independence issue has been reignited by the 2016 Brexit vote, after 62% of the nation's electorate voted to stay in the EU.

Gunman detained after lengthy stand-off in Oxford

A 24-year-old gunman has been arrested after a 14-hour stand-off with the police in central Oxford. Thames Valley Police (TVP) confirmed that the suspect exchanged fire with police officers on Monday afternoon at a residence in Paradise Square, where several roads nearby were cordoned off. TVP said: "Shortly before 03:00 today a 24-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He is currently in police custody."

Detection dogs to be deployed at airports

In an attempt to improve aviation security across the UK, the government has announced plans to deploy explosive detection dogs at airports to scan air freight.  The free running explosive detection dogs (FREDDS) will be used alongside existing screening methods.

British national arrested for drug offences in Barcelona

On 4 May, a British national was arrested at a Barcelona gym in connection with large-scale drug dealing.  The suspect, Jamie Acourt, had been sought by police for two years and was one of the UK's most wanted fugitives.  He was also a suspect in the murder of Stephen Lawrence in London in 1993.  It is understood that Mr Acourt will not challenge his extradition to the UK.

Mixed fortunes for Labour and Conservatives in local elections

Following local elections yesterday, Labour gained seats in London but failed to take control of three key councils:  Wandsworth, Kensington and Chelsea, which was the site of the Grenfell tower fire, and Barnet which has a high Jewish community.  Labour did however succeed in taking control of Plymouth and Trafford from the Conservatives.  UKIP suffered defeats across the country, with the Tories benefitting most, and the Liberal Democrats gained 40 seats, winning back control of Richmond, a remain-voting borough in southwest London.  Chief Executive of the Local Government Information Unit, Jonathon Carr-West, said "it looks like a better night for the Conservatives than many would have anticipated, while Labour results have not quite lived up to expectations". 

Schoolboys planned Columbine-style attack

Two teenagers appeared in court yesterday, charged with planning a "Columbine-style" attack at their school in Leeds, after becoming obsessed with the 1999 school massacre in Colorado where 12 students and a teacher were killed and dozens injured.  The boys had allegedly planned to break in to a girlfriend's house and steal her father's seven guns.  The accused are now both 15-years-old, and deny the charges.  

Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect suspended on Sunday

Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services from Central London will be suspended on Sunday due to Network Rail upgrade work. Heathrow Airport (LHR) also stated that during the day, inter-terminal shuttle trains will also be affected. Travellers have been advised to use the London Underground Piccadilly Line or local buses. Further information on travels from and to central London and inter-terminal shuttle services can be found at LHR website.

Explosion at Jewish festival bonfire injures 10

Around 10 people were hurt on Wednesday evening at a Jewish Lag baOmer celebration in Stamford Hill, when an explosion erupted when a bonfire was lit.  The cause of the explosion has not been confirmed, but Hackney police confirmed that several people had sustained minor injuries. 

NHS breast screening error may have cost lives

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced that due to an IT error 450,000 women aged 68 to 71, had failed to get invitations to routine breast cancer screening since 2009.  He announced an independent review and apologised "wholeheartedly" to the women, some 309,000 of whom are still alive and likely to be in their 70s.  It is believed that up to 270 women may have died through non-diagnosis.  All those affected will be contacted by letter by the end of the month, and those under 72 will get an appointment for a catch-up mammogram.  Breast cancer screening is routinely offered every three years to women aged 50 to 70 in England because the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age.  

Cambridge Analytica to close

Political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica is to close down, following their involvement in the Facebook data-sharing scandal when about 87 million users' data was harvested from a quiz app and passed on to them.  The company has been accused of using that personal data to influence the outcome of the 2016 American presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum. The UK-based company denies any wrongdoing and said that they had been criticised for activities that were not only legal, but accepted practices in online advertising in the political arena.  Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was questioned by US lawmakers over the issue last month, and the UK parliamentary committee has threatened to issue him with a formal summons to appear in the UK.  

MPs vote against disclosing Windrush papers

An opposition motion to force the government to disclose papers on the Windrush migrants has been defeated in parliament.  Labour wanted the government to hand over evidence to a Home Affairs Committee, but the Prime Minister announced that an upcoming review would have the necessary access to the information.  The Windrush generation were immigrants who came to the UK from Commonwealth countries between the 1940s and the 1970s, but were never given proper paperwork, denying them rights to healthcare and education.  Some of them have recently been threatened with deportation as they travelled on their parents' passports without their own ID documents.  Mrs May was Home Secretary in 2014 when new immigration rules were introduced.   

UK government defeated over EU exit deal

On Monday, Britain's upper house defeated the government, giving parliament the power to block or delay a final deal on the departure of the UK from the European Union.  Theresa May had already committed to giving parliament a vote on the final deal, but this was a choice between approving the terms negotiated with Brussels or rejecting them and leaving without a deal.  Monday's vote means that the government must take a course of action decided by the House of Commons if they oppose the exit deal, which the government said "redefines the nature of democracy", since it was part of the constitution that the executive represents the country in international diplomacy.  The bill can be overturned in the lower house, where Mrs May has a slim majority.

18 injured in Glasgow bus crash

Eighteen people were injured on Sunday evening, when a bus mounted an embankment and overturned on a busy road near the Clyde Tunnel.  Ambulance, fire and police crews attended the scene, and the A814 sliproad was closed to traffic.  One person remains in critical condition.

Strong winds trigger delays at London airports

Strong winds are currently causing significant delays across London airports. Eurocontrol has advised that flights at London City (LCY), Heathrow (LHR) and Gatwick (LGW) are being affected. Passengers have been advised to check for flight status updates before heading to the airport.

Amber Rudd resigns over immigration targets

Amber Rudd has resigned from her post as Home Secretary, saying she "inadvertently misled" MPs over whether targets existed for removing illegal immigrants.  Mrs Rudd had told parliament last week that targets did not exist, but on Sunday the Guardian published a letter in which she had set out "ambitious but deliverable" aims to deport 10 percent more illegal immigrants over the next few years.  The controversy arose because some migrants from Commonwealth countries who had been invited to settle in the UK between the late 40s and 1973 were being wrongly declared illegal immigrants and denied official paperwork such as passports. She is the fourth person to resign from the cabinet in the last six months.  Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove, has been appointed as her replacement.

Barnier denies special Brexit deal for the City of London

Chief European Union negotiator Michel Barnier has dismissed the idea that the rest of the bloc needs access to the City of London, and denied that Britain's financial sector would get a special deal after Brexit.  He told a financial services conference in Bulgaria that an "equivalent system" that worked with American banks would not be appropriate for London.  London is the biggest financial centre in Europe with almost all of the EU banks having offices in London.  Several European cities have proposed themselves as alternatives. 

TSB calls in IT specialists over online banking crisis

TSB, whose switch to new computer servers over the weekend left almost two million customers unable to access their funds for four days, have reportedly called in experts from IBM to resolve their digital banking crisis.  A bank spokesman said that the majority of their "engine room" was working correctly, and that standing orders and direct debits are proceeding as normal, but customers complained that access to their accounts online was still severely limited.  TSB has announced that all overdraft fees and interest charges for April would be waived for business customers, and have made a commitment that no-one would be left out of pocket by the upgrade.

Two arrested for attempted murder after Liverpool-Roma clash

Two Italian men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an attack before Liverpool's Champion League semi-final at Anfield, which left an Irish man in a critical condition.  The attack happened 10 minutes before kick-off outside a pub near the ground, and witnesses said that he had been hit with a belt buckle and fell to the ground, suffered a head wound.  Witnesses said that around 80 Roma fans had used a side road to gain access to an area where Liverpool fans had gathered, and that many of them were armed with belts and bats.  European fottball's governing body, UEFA, condemned the attack and may initiate disciplinary charges.  Roma fans have been involved in violence before - several Tottenham fans were injured in 2012 in an attack in Rome. 

Rail timetable overhaul to cause weeks of chaos

The biggest overhaul of timetables in UK rail history is set to take place next month, and is likely to cause weeks of disruption, according to Govia Thameslink executives.  The changes will take place at 02:00 on 20 May and are intended to increase capacity for passengers into London as part of a £7 billion Thameslink project, with stations rebuilt and power supplies boosted over the last decade.  Govia boss Charles Horton said that there could be "teething problems", as there are new timetables, new routes and new trains, but that passengers would see a transformation in services with a more reliable Southern timetable in particular.

Flight delays reported at Bristol and London airports

Flight delays have been reported at Bristol Airport (BRS) due to fog. Delays are also being reported on Monday at London Heathrow (LHR) and Gatwick (LGW) airports due to the implementation of a new electronic flight strip system. Passengers have been advised to check with their respective airlines for flight status updates.

Passport publisher abandons appeal over UK passports

British passport publisher De La Rue has abandoned its' plans to appeal the government's decision to award the contract for UK passports to their overseas rival.  They admitted that their tender was not the cheapest, but said that their offering "was the highest quality and technically most secure bid, and in the national interests".  The decision was made recently to award the contract to Gemalto, a French-Dutch company.  De La Rue specialises in banknotes and identity documents with more than 3,000 employees around the world.  They issued a profit warning as a result of the decision, affecting their share price.  

Strong winds trigger delays at London airports

Strong winds are causing severe flight delays at London City Airport (LCY) on Tuesday. Eurocontrol also stated that some flights at London Heathrow (LHR) are also being affected. Passengers have been advised to check for flight status updates before heading to the airport.

UK and US issue warnings over Russian-sponsored cyber attacks

UK and US officials have issued a joint alert over Russian-sponsored cyber attacks, saying that "milllions" of devices have been infected by hackers, including computer routers, as part of a global espionage campaign to target government agencies, businesses and infrastructure operators.  The head of the National Cyber Security Centre based at GCHQ in Cheltenham said that Russia was "our most capable hostile adversary in cyberspace", and that dealing with the problem was a major priority for Britain and America.  British relations with Russia are currently at a historic low after the UK blamed Russia for a nerve agent attack in Salisbury, prompting  a mass expulsion of diplomats.  Russia has denied any involvement.

MPs to hold second emergency debate

A second emergency debate was secured by Jeremy Corbyn yesterday, when he accused the Prime Minister of by-passing Parliament when she approved military action in Syria without consulting ministers.  Mrs May defended her position in a six-hour debate on Monday, saying that it was "legally and morally right" to join the US and France in the strikes.  Mr Corbyn had said that the unilateral decision had created a dangerous precedent, and that the debate was needed to clarify the government's obligation to consult MPs before military intervention.  Even some MPs who supported Mrs May's decision to participate in the strike expressed frustration that Parliament was not given the opportunity to participate in the decision.  Sites near Damascus were hit by the US, French and UK forces on Saturday in response to an alleged chemical attack on civilians in Douma on 7 April.

No further strikes planned against Syria

No further strikes are due to take place against Syria following the recent joint US, UK, and French airstrikes over the weekend. The airstrikes were conducted as a response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government in Douma. Prime Minister Theresa May made the controversial decision to go ahead with strikes without consulting parliament. According to Reuters, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stated that there were currently no plans for further attacks.

Russia claims foreign agents staged chemical attack in Syria

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused foreign agents of staging, directing, and taking part in the recently reported chemical attack in Douma, Syria. According to the BBC, Lavrov claimed the Russian government had "irrefutable evidence" that the attack was staged and led by one unnamed country as part of a wider "Russophobic campaign". Lavrov's comments come shortly after Russian officials accused the UK of anti-Russian propaganda over the Salisbury nerve agent attack, claiming the attack was staged by the UK itself. The UK is considering military action in response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria, while the US and France both claim to have proof the attack took place.

Collisions cause massive delays on M5 and M4

A serious collision between several vehilces at around 06:00 on Friday caused massive delays on the M5 southbound between Thornbury and the M4 towards Bristol. All lanes were closesd and Highways England confirmed that emergency services were at the scene.  Traffic in the area is not expected to clear until later in the morning. 

Severe delays on the District Line due to strike action

Commuters face travel chaos on Friday as unions organized a 24 hour walkout on the District Line, which is used by around 800,000 Londoners every day.  The action is over the treatment of a new driver who ran three red signals in his first 11 weeks in the job, after which Transport for London offered him an alternative role.  Commuters expressed anger that his action had compromised passenger safety, but was being defended by the Unions.  

Cabinet agrees on the need to take action over Syrian attacks

UK cabinet ministers have agreed "on the need to take action" against the Syrian government in order to deter the future use of chemical weapons, saying that it was "highly likely" that the Assad regime was responsible for the chemical attack which killed dozens in Douma earlier in the week.  No details of UK military involvement were mentioned, but opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the government of waiting for instructions from Donald Trump, who spoke to Theresa May on Thursday night.  There is concern from some ministers that Mrs May might be prepared to take action without seeking parliamentary consent first, with MPs due to return from the Easter recess on Monday.  

Chemical weapons watchdog backs UK in Skripal case

An international chemical weapons watchdog has reportedly confirmed Britain's findings in its analysis of the nerve agent used in the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury last month. The UK had initially claimed that its analysis found the nerve agent to be a type of military grade Novichok - a nerve agent originally developed by the Soviet Union. According to the BBC, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) didn't explicitly name the nerve agent as Novichok, but stated it agreed with the UK's findings. The OPCW investigation was requested by the UK, while Russia has continually denied any involvement.

Fog triggers delays at London airports

Eurocontrol has stated that flight operations at London City (LCY), Heathrow (LHR), Stansted (STN) and Gatwick (LGW) may face disruptions on Thursday due to fog. Significant delays are also being reported at Bristol Airport (BRS). Passengers have been advised to check for flight status updates before heading to the airport.

Theresa May to call emergency cabinet meeting over Syrian crisis

Theresa May has called an emergency meeting of the cabinet this afternoon to discuss possible military action in response to the escalating Syria crisis.  The alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma which left over 40 people dead, has created tensions with the Syrian regime being blamed, and various countries demanding it be held to account.  The US and Russia have squared up over the ongoing civil war and Moscow's support for Bashar al-Assad.  On Tuesday, Russia vetoed a draft UN resolution to create a new body to determine responsibility for the attack.  Many ministers are concerned that the UK could deploy without consulting Parliament. 

Weather-related delays reported at London airports

Some flights to and from London City (LCY) and Stansted (STN) are facing delays. Minor disruption has also been reported at London Heathrow (LHR). Passengers have been advised to check for flight status updates with their respective airlines before heading to the airport.

UK businesses facing increasing cyber threats

A joint report released on Tuesday by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) highlighted that UK-based businesses are increasingly facing threats from cyber-attacks. Trends identified in 2017 include the threats of ransomware, DDoS attacks, data breaches, supply chain compromises and fake news. Other emerging threats include vulnerabilities in cloud storage services. One of the most notorious cases reported last year was the WannaCry ransomware attack which targeted multiple companies and organisations, including the NHS.

Flight disruption reported at London airports

Adverse weather conditions are affecting flights at London airports. According to Eurocontrol, operations at Gatwick (LGW), Stansted (STN) and London City (LCY) are all being affected. Minor disruptions are also being reported at Heathrow (LHR). Passengers have been advised to check flight status information with their respective airlines before heading to the airport.

Yulia Skripal released from Salisbury hospital

Yulia Skripal, the daughter of a former Russian spy, who was poisoned in Salisbury together with her father, has been released from Salisbury hospital.  A source said that her treatment was not finished, but her discharge was a significant milestone in her recovery.  It is believed that she has been taken to a secure location, while her father Sergei continues his recovery in hospital.  The pair were found slumped on a bench in the town on 4 March after being exposed to a toxic nerve agent believed to have originated in Russia. The police officer who was first on the scene was also hospitalised.  The UK government and many European countries have united to accuse Russia of the attack, which they deny.  A diplomatic crisis has followed with dozens of countries expelling Russian diplomats in solidarity with the UK.

Russian football gangs issue threats to England World Cup fans

Russian football hooligans have issued a public warning to English fans travelling to the World Cup later this year, that they plan to "unleash hell" during the football tournament.  FIFA were forced to issue a statement that they have confidence in the host country's ability to guarantee the safety of English fans, despite violent incidents in Spain recently involving Russian Ultras in which a police officer died. The ongoing situation between Westminster and Moscow over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK is likely to create more tension, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised English football fans to prepare for a hostile reception on arrival.

Low cloud ceiling triggers disruption at London airports

Operations at London's Luton Airport (LTN) are expected to face disruption due to low cloud ceiling conditions. Most delays are set to occur from late Monday afternoon to early evening. Minor delays are also expected to impact flights at London City Airport (LCY) and Stansted (STN).

Russia to publish UK government correspondence

The Russian government has reportedly announced intentions to make some correspondence with the UK government public. The correspondence in question is that of the current UK Prime Minister Theresa May, during her tenure as the British Home Secretary. May was in the role of Home Secretary from 2010 to 2016 before becoming the Prime Minister. The decision to publish the correspondence is seen as the latest in tit-for-tat diplomatic stand-off between the UK and Russia over the Skripal poisoning in Salisbury.

M62 closed in both directions due to police incident

At around 07:30 on Monday, the M62 was closed in both directions due to a police incident.  According to witnesses, the road was closed because of concerns for an individual on a bridge.  The road has now been reopened, but delays are likely for the rest of the morning.

Home Secretary pledges £40 million to tackle violent crime

Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, has announced a £40 million Serious Violence Strategy in an attempt to tackle violent drugs gangs after a surge of stabbings in London.  The strategy will be supported by a new Offensive Weapons Bill which will place restrictions on the online sales of knives and the possession of corrosive substances in public, and the expansion of stop and search powers.  A new National County Lines Coordination Centre will be set up to prevent youngsters being used to courier drugs across the UK.  The Government had faced increasing pressure to act following a surge of fatal stabbings in the capital which have left over 50 young people dead in the first three months of the year.

Suspicious vehicle stopped near Buckingham palace

A man was arrested on Monday morning, after police stopped a suspicious vehicle on Birdcage Walk, metres from the gates of Buckingham Palace.  The driver was arrested on suspicion of public order offences, but has not been identified.  Although the road was temporarily closed and cordons put in place, police said that these moves were of a precautionary nature and that there was no indication that the incident was terror-related.  

Man shot dead by police in Romford

A man has been shot dead by police at a Romford petrol station, after he had claimed to be in a possession of a weapon and had made threats against a number of people.  Firearms police were called to a house in the east London area in the early hours of Monday, but by the time they arrived, the man had left.  According to witnesses he was then seen walking through the streets with a gun, and making threats.  Road closures remain in place, and the case has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Six teenagers stabbed in London overnight

A further six teenagers were stabbed in the capital overnight, including a 13-year-old boy.  The attacks took place over four boroughs, and come less than 24 hours after the latest surge in violence which brought the number of fatalities in London to over 50 this year.  Scotland Yard has enlisted help from the City of London police due to the high number of cases, and public protests have taken place calling for an end to gang violence.  The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has criticised the government, blaming the level of cuts in policing for the spate of attacks.

Police seek man with machete after car crash

A car crashed into multiple parked cars and hit two men on Thursday afternoon in a residential street in Dudley.  According to witnesses, one of the people inside the car was in possession of a machete, and firearms officers were sent to the scene.  The road remained closed until 11:00 as police searched for the man.  The authorities said that they believed the incident was part of a dispute between two groups and was not likely to be terror-related.  A pedestrian remains in hospital with serious injuries.  

Man stabbed to death in Hackney

A man in his 20s died on Wednesday evening, when he approached police officers in Hackney after being stabbed.  He was given first aid, but died at the scene, despite the attendance of the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance.  A man in his 50s was killed in an assault nearby earlier in the evening.  Two fatal shootings took place on Monday, and a burglar was stabbed on Wednesday, bringing the number of people killed in the capital to 50 this year.  Following the recent spate of violence, police patrols have been stepped up and officers are using stop-and-search powers to seize weapons.

Pensioner arrested over death of burglar is bailed

The 78-year-old pensioner who was arrested after stabbing a burglar in his home, has been released on bail.  Scotland Yard said that Richard Osborn-Brooks has been bailed until May pending further enquiries.  Police are still seeking a second man who fled from the scene in Hither Green, southeast London.  

Pensioner detained over burglar stabbing

A 78-year-old pensioner has been detained by the police after stabbing an alleged burglar to death. The incident happened on Further Green Road, Hither Green, south-east London. According to the BBC, two suspected burglars broke into the property - one of whom forced the elderly man into the kitchen, where it's thought a struggle occurred. It's believed the pensioner stabbed the suspect in self-defence; however, the 78-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder after the suspect died from his stab wounds in hospital. Police investigations have been launched to track down the second suspect, who managed to flee the scene.

Flight planning system failure triggers disruptions across European airports

Flights to and from major European airports suffered widespread disruptions on Tuesday morning after a flight planning system failure. Eurocontrol put contingency measures in place after an issue with the Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System (ETFMS) reduced the capacity of the European network by nearly 10 percent. Eurocontrol said that the problem has been already identified and that technicians are working to recover the system. Passengers have been advised to check with their respective airlines for further flight status updates.

Teenager killed in North London shooting

A 17-year-old girl has been killed in a drive-by shooting in North London. The incident was reported on Monday evening near Northumberland Park in Tottenham. Witnesses told the BBC that a car pulled up and started shooting. The shooting comes amid concerning surges in crime-related violence in some parts in London, where the Metropolitan Police have opened 22 murder investigations in March alone.

Teenager arrested over hoax terror threats to schools

An 18-year-old from Abbots Langley in Hertfordshire has been arrested on suspicion of blackmail and making malicious communications, after hundreds of UK schools were placed on alert for a terror attack earlier this week.  An email was sent to the schools saying that a car would drive into students as they left the premises, and that they would be shot if there was an evacuation.  The National Crime Agency was called in to investigate, and while they said they did not believe there to be any increased risk to the public, hundreds of worried parents rushed to schools after hearing about the message through social media.  The incident comes a week after another teenager was arrested for emailing a bomb hoax to hundreds of UK schools.

Former Catalan minister detained in Edinburgh

The former Catalan education minister Clara Ponsati has handed herself into the police in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ponsati was placed on the European Arrest Warrant list by the Spanish authorities for her suspected involvement in the Catalan independence riots last year. The Scottish police have now detained Ponsati and will likely extradite her back to Spain to await trial. Some protests against her detainment may spring up in Edinburgh, as the Scottish are thought to be sympathetic towards the Catalan bid for independence.

Addenbrooke's Hospital announces crisis

Addenbrooke's Hospital  in Cambridge has no beds available for admissions, and was yesterday forced to divert ambulances to other facilities and cancel elective operations.  The hospital said it is operating at its' highest level of alert after exceptional levels of acutely unwell patients were admitted.  An NHS spokesman said that ward G3 had also been closed due to "infection control issues".  On 5 March, Addenbrooke's also had to temporarily close the A&E Department because of a problem with its' computer systems.

Police officer stabbed in Manchester attack

A police officer has been wounded in a sword attack in the city of Manchester. The officer sustained wounds to his face and shoulder but is not in a life-threatening condition. A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack. Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said: "The officers responded with immense bravery to this report and while the sergeant is making a good recovery, this was an incredibly nasty incident which could have been so much worse."

Car rams children in Glasgow

At least one teenager has been seriously wounded after a car rammed a group of children in Glasgow. According to Sky News, the driver of the vehicle deliberately drove into a group of five pedestrians aged between 12 and 14 on Saturday. The incident occurred on Stravanan Road in the Castlemilk area, where a silver Vauxhall Astra mounted the pavement in what the police are now treating as a case of attempted murder. One 14-year-old remains in critical condition while four others sustained minor injuries. Search operations for the vehicle's driver and a suspected passenger continue as police investigations remain ongoing.

EU backs Britain in blaming Russia for spy attack

On Thursday, EU members met in Brussels, and announced that the EU backed Britain in blaming Russia for the nerve agent attack on a former double agent earlier this month.  23 Russian diplomats have been expelled from the UK in the diplomatic row, with the same number of UK embassy staff leaving Moscow today.  Lithuania, Germany,  France and other Baltic states said yesterday that they are ready to recall their diplomats in support of Theresa May.  Russia has denied any involvement in the matter and Vladimir Putin described the EU policy as "unfriendly and provocative".  Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in critical but stable condition in hospital.

UK seeks European help against Russian spies

The UK is reportedly seeking European assistance in taking action against suspected Russian spy networks. According to Reuters, it's believed that such networks could be used to organise attacks similar to the Salisbury nerve agent attack which targeted former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. PM Theresa May allegedly plans to coordinate with EU members over the matter at a summit in Brussels on Thursday.

Discovery of body closes Brixton underground

In the early hours of Thursday morning a body was found by the tracks of Brixton underground station, causing rush hour chaos, as police sealed the area off.  A police investigation is under way to discover whether the person was hit by a train, or fell to their death.  Delays and disruption is to be expected between Brixton and Victoria, with train tickets valid on local bus routes.

Teenager arrested over school bomb hoaxes

A 19-year-old man has been arrested over the bomb hoax email that forced over 400 UK schools and colleges to close earlier in the week.  The National Crime Agency said that the teenager had sent around 24,000 threatening emails, but there had never been a credible threat.  He was arrested in Watford, on charges of blackmail and making malicious communications.   

Signal failure causes disruption into London Waterloo

On Tuesday night, a serious signal failure at key rail junction Havant caused severe disruption to journeys from Portsmouth to Waterloo and on Southern between Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth and Southampton.  Network Rail engineers worked on the problem, but were unable to fix it completely, meaning that disruptions and delays continued into Wednesday.  

Cambridge Analytica boss suspended over Facebook row

Cambridge Analytica, the company currently embroiled in a row over the unauthorised use of Facebook data, has suspended its' boss, Alexander Nik, pending an investigation.  The London-based company together with Facebook itself has come under scrutiny because of claims by a whistleblower.  Christopher Wylie alleges that huge amounts of data were amassed from a personality quiz on the social media site, and used to profile people and send them pro-Trump material in a bid to influence the 2016 US election.  Around 270,000 people took the online quiz, but the data of 50 million users was harvested from their friends network.  Facebook has said that the capture of the data was legitimate, but that Cambridge Analytica failed to delete the the data when it should have done so.  A UK parliamentary committee has called for Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, to give evidence about the use of the data.  Around $50 billion has been wiped off the market value of the social media giant since the row started. 

Police shoot suspect in East London

Police responding to reports of an armed robbery at a house in Hackney, East London, shot a suspect in the early hours of the morning after an hour-long standoff.  The man, thought to be in his 20s has been taken to Royal London Hospital and is a critical but stable condition.  An investigation into the incident has been opened.  

London Victoria station temporarily closed due to fire alarm

London Victoria was closed and passengers evacuated on Tuesday lunchtime when there was a smell of burning in the left luggage room and a fire alarm was activated.  Fire crews attended the scene, and were able to reopen the station approximately 30 minutes later.  British Transport Police said there were likely to be minor delays to services. 

Red Arrows plane crashes at Welsh air base

A Royal Airforce Aeronautics Team , or "Red Arrows" plane crashed at RAF Valley in Holyhead on Tuesday afternoon, while preparing for the forthcoming display season.  The pilot was able to eject and is receiving medical treatment, but an engineer was killed when the aircraft hit the ground and burst into flames.     

Russian diplomats leave London embassy

Around 80 people including diplomats and their families left the Russian embassy today and headed to Moscow, following their expulsion by Theresa May in connection with the poisoning of a former Russian double agent.  Moscow is denying all involvement, and is expelling 23 British diplomats from Moscow on Saturday in response.  Later today the UK government will decide whether to impose further sanctions on Russia.  The leaders of France, Germany and the US and well as Japan have pledged support for the UK, and EU leaders will meet in Brussels on Thursday to discuss any potential response to Russia.  Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in a critical condition in hospital after coming into contact with a Soviet-era nerve agent in Salisbury on 4 March.  

Five London murders in five days

A university student was shot and stabbed to death on Saturday night outside a parade of shops in Enfield.  Another man at the location was also found stabbed and taken to hospital, where he is in a serious but stable condition.  The murder was the fifth in as many days in the capital, with sixteen young men losing their lives so far in 2018.  

Bomb hoax closes 400 UK schools

The authorities have confirmed that around 400 schools were contacted by email from the United States, with a threat to detonate a device on the premises unless money was paid to a nominated account.  Metropolitan police said that they were investigating reports of communications to a number of schools across London, but they did not believe there was a viable threat.  Elsewhere, schools in Manchester, North Yorkshire and Northumberland were also affected.  The Home Office and the Department for Education advises any school who has received the email to contact the police.  

Car rams into crowd outside grime nightclub

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a vehicle ploughed into the crowd outside a Gravesend nightclub on Saturday.  According to witnesses, the Suzuki 4x4 was driven into a marquee where smokers had gathered during a concert by grime artist Giggs.   Several people were injured.  Mohammed Abdul, who is 21-years-old, was detained by the public until police arrived, and will appear in court on Monday.  Police said that the incident was not terror-related.

Terms agreed for Brexit transition period

Michel Barnier has said that the UK and the EU have agreed on a "large part" of the agreement which should lead to an "orderly withdrawal" of the UK from the bloc.  Mr Barnier said that agreement had been reached on the rights of 4.5 million EU citizens in the UK and the 1.2 million UK citizens in the EU after Brexit, but added that more work still needed to be done particularly on issues such as the Northern Ireland border.  The transition period will begin on 29 March 2019 and is designed to prepare the path for the future and a more permanent relationship.  Both sides hope that a deal can be reached before autumn to allow member states to ratify it before Brexit day next March.  

Russia suggests nerve agent came from UK lab

Russia's EU ambassador Vladimir Chizhov, claimed in a TV interview on Sunday that the chemical nerve agent used to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, could have come from a British laboratory.  He added that Porton Down, only eight miles from Salisbury, is the largest military facility in the United Kingdom and that the nerve agent could have been stored there for comparison purposes.  Skripal and his daughter were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury two weeks ago after coming into contact with a Soviet-era nerve agent, causing a diplomatic crisis between Russia and the UK, including diplomats being expelled on both sides. 

Around 250 homes evacuated amid wildfire in Fort Carson

On 16 March, around 250 homes were evacuated due a wildfire in Fort Carson in Colorado.  Around 2000 acres were burned and on Saturday, authorities were assessing the damage to buildings in the region.  The fire had spread quickly near Indian Village Heights and Armadillo Heights, and firefighters used air tankers and helicopters to bring the blaze under control.  

Labour leader warns against condemning Russia without full evidence

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Friday that Labour did not support Putin, but that Britain should have a more cautious approach to the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skirpal and his daughter Yulia until full evidence is available. He suggested that the Russian mafia could be behind the attack and added that Britain should stop accepting corrupt money from the former Soviet Union.  Prime Minister Theresa May has said that Russia was behind the Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury, and as a result, has expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the UK.

Parsons Green bomber found guilty

Ahmed Hassan, an Iraqi asylum seeker who was charged with leaving a bomb on a packed tube train at Parsons Green station in September last year, has been found guilty of the attempted murder of 93 people.  A talented student, he built the bomb in his bedroom at the home of his foster parents during the school holidays.  The device failed to detonate, but caused a huge fireball in the tube carriage, injuring 30 people.  Hassan was arrested at Dover trying to board a ferry to the continent.  He changed his story to officials several times, initially claiming he had been recruited and trained by Islamic State, but afterwards saying this was a lie intended to garner sympathy and improve his chances of asylum.  18-year-old Hassan has been remanded in custody to be sentenced next week. 

Supermarket attacker sentenced to 30 years

Neville Hord, who stabbed his ex-partner's daughter to death in December in the supermarket where she worked, has been sentenced to 30 years for her murder.  The attack was witnessed by several people, including a child, and continued until Hord was restrained by members of the public.   

Major fire at Shoreham Port, East Sussex

Fire has broken out at a timbers merchant in Shoreham Port in East Sussex, with dozens of firefighters tackling the blaze along the seaside front.  Local residents have been advised to stay indoors and keep their windows close, and Brighton and Hove police have warned of traffic disruption in the area as well as diversions to local bus routes.  Nearby buildings have been evacuated.

Unilever moves head office to Rotterdam

Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever has confirmed that it is to move its' headquarters to Rotterdam, rather than the current dual HQ arrangement with London which has existed since 1930.  The company said that no jobs will be lost, and that the move was part of a restructuring unrelated to Brexit.  Talks had been held with both governments in the run-up to the decision.  

Russia to expel British diplomats

Sergei Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Minister, has confirmed that Moscow will soon expel a number of British diplomats in response to Britain's explusion of 23 of the Kremlin's embassy staff in London.  Russia continues to deny involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian double agent with a Russian military-grade nerve agent.

FCO advises caution for Russian travel

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have issued a travel advisory for British nationals either currently in Russia or due to travel in the next few weeks.  The British Embassy in Moscow has said that, whilst it is not aware of any increased difficulties at this time, people should be aware of the possibility of anti-British sentiment, avoid any protests or demonstrations, and avoid commenting publically on political developments.  The advisory comes after Theresa May accused Russia of its' involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Salisbury, using a soviet-era military-grade Russian nerve agent.  

Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats

Britain will expel 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent on UK soil last week.  Theresa May also said that more measures may be introduced to strengthen UK defences against hostile state activities including freezing Russian state assets.  Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in the incident and said that Britain should expect a response to its' actions.  Mrs May said that Sergei Skripal and his daughter were targetted with a Soviet-era military-grade nerve agent and has asked Moscow whether they were responsible, or whether they had lost control of stocks of the highly dangerous substance. 

Gillingham streets closed down in nerve agent investigation

Streets in Gillingham in Dorset have been put into lockdown as part of the investigation into the nerve agent attack last week.  The operation, led by the military, is believed to be centred around a recovery vehicle parked there which was used to remove a car belonging to the Skripals.  Theresa May has given Russia an ultimatum to explain how a Soviet-era nerve agent was used in an attack on a former double agent on the streets of Salisbury.  Russia has denied all involvement and has demanded a sample of the chemical agent before responding. 

Major fire near Brent Cross causes traffic disruption

Emergency services are tackling a fire which broke out in a lorry believed to contain gas cylinders close to the Brent Cross Shopping Centre.  Four fire engines and 21 crew tackled the blaze involving a vehicle which is part of a circus show in the area.  Surrounding roads were closed and bus routes diverted, but Transport for London that traffic was 

Counter-terrorism police investigate death of Russian in Surrey

On Tuesday, counter-terrorism police were investigating the unexplained death of a Russain, Nikolai Glushkov, whose body had been found at his Surrey home late on Monday.  Police said that the case was not linked to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Salisbury, but the investigation was underway because of the victim's association to Boris Berezovsky, a Russian tycoon who was also found dead at his home in 2013.  Berezovsky had fled to claim asylum in the UK after a row with Vladimir Putin, and was found hanged at his Ascot home, although the coroner recorded an open verdict.  Glushkov had always been vocally sceptical that his associate had taken his own life.  He had worked for Russian airline Aeroflot and at a car company owned by Berezovksy and had served five years in a Russian jail for money laundering and fraud, before fleeing to the UK to claim political asylum in 2004.  

Russia refuses to respond to ultimatum

Russia has refused to respond to Theresa May's midnight deadline to explain how a Soviet-era nerve agent was used to poison a former Russian double agent in Salisbury, until it receives samples of the chemical substance.  The Russian embassy said that Russia was not involved in the incident, and that any punitive measures would elicit a response.  Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury 10 days ago and remain in critical condition in hospital.

Parsons Green bomber denies being trained by IS

Ahmed Hassan, the 18-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker who is on trial for the Parsons G