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Murdered Sandie Bowen’s body was ‘tied to sink in lake’

Murdered Sandie Bowen’s body was ‘tied to sink in lake’

Image caption Sandie Bowen went missing from Monmouthshire in August 1997 Murdered Sandie Bowen’s decomposed remains were found tied to a porcelain sink at the bottom of a reservoir, an inquest has heard. The 53-year-old’s body was recovered last month at Wentwood Reservoir, near Newport – 20 years after she was murdered by her husband […]

Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent

Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent

Image copyright DGLimages Image caption The number of school days lost to term-time holidays is rising Term-time holidays accounted for a quarter of unauthorised absences from schools in England, analysis of official figures shows. Almost a million children missed at least one day of school in England, despite the threat of fines. Teachers said the […]

BT fined record £42m for late installations

BT fined record £42m for late installations

Image copyright BT BT has been hit with a record fine from telecoms regulator Ofcom and has set aside £300m to repay providers for delays in installing high-speed lines. Ofcom has issued the firm with a £42m fine, which it said was the largest it has ever handed down. It found BT’s Openreach division had […]

PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting

PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting

Image caption Theresa May has said now is not the time for another referendum on Scottish independence Theresa May will meet Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland later for the first time since the SNP announced their proposals for a second independence referendum. At the beginning of a week that will see Article 50 triggered on Wednesday, […]

NHS bosses ‘spent half of extra Autumn Statement cash on outside services’

NHS bosses ‘spent half of extra Autumn Statement cash on outside services’

Image copyright PA About half of a £2bn cash boost from the 2014 Autumn Statement for frontline health services in England was spent outside the NHS, research has found. The Health Foundation analysis for the Financial Times showed £901m was spent on buying services from private and non-NHS providers in 2015/16. It said £800m was […]

‘No progress’ during talks, Adams says

‘No progress’ during talks, Adams says

Image copyright Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Image caption Sinn Féin said the talks have run their course Sinn Féin has said the current phase of Northern Ireland inter-party discussions at Stormont Castle has run its course. The party said it will not nominate its Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill as deputy first minister on Monday. […]

Form 696: Concern over ‘racist’ police form to be raised

Form 696: Concern over ‘racist’ police form to be raised

Image copyright P Money Image caption P Money says grime events are being targeted by police The government is to respond to fears a police risk assessment form has been used in a “racist” way to target grime artists, the BBC understands. Promoters and licensees in many areas are asked to complete a “Form 696” […]

London attack: Man, 30, arrested in Birmingham

London attack: Man, 30, arrested in Birmingham

Image copyright PA Image caption A group of women, some with their daughters, linked hands on Westminster Bridge as a way of paying tribute to the victims A man has been arrested in Birmingham by police investigating the Westminster terror attack, in which four people were killed. The Met Police said the 30-year-old was being […]

WhatsApp must not be ‘place for terrorists to hide’

Media captionAmber Rudd: “Intelligence services need to be able to get into encrypted services like WhatsApp” There must be “no place for terrorists to hide” and intelligence services must have access to encrypted messaging services, the home secretary has said. Khalid Masood killed four people in Westminster this week. It is understood his phone had […]

Bradley Lowery: Terminally ill Sunderland fan appears as England mascot

Bradley Lowery: Terminally ill Sunderland fan appears as England mascot

Bradley Lowery walked out alongside his favourite Sunderland player Jermain Defoe Terminally ill five-year-old Bradley Lowery led out the England team at Wembley for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. The young Sunderland fan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2013, and developed a new tumour in February. Although Joe Hart was captain, he swapped places […]