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Image copyright Reuters Sweeping changes to England’s planning system will “be faster, but also build better quality homes”, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said. Under draft laws, first revealed on Sunday, developers will be granted “automatic” permission to build homes and schools on sites for “growth”. It follows Boris Johnson’s pledge to “build back better” […]

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Image copyright PA Image caption Geoff Pugh said he was only at the car park for 23 minutes A motorist says he was “flabbergasted” to receive a £90 parking fine after taking a drive-through coronavirus test at a car park. Geoff Pugh, 52, was handed the penalty after taking his wife and two children for […]

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Image copyright PA Media A Conservative MP has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of rape. The Sunday Times reported that the allegations against the former minister were made by an ex-parliamentary employee. The Met Police said the allegations relate to four separate incidents alleged to have taken place between July 2019 […]

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Image copyright CUBG Image caption A record-breaking temperature of 38.7C (101.7F) was recorded at Cambridge University Botanic Garden in July 2019 Climate change driven by industrial society is having an increasing impact on the UK’s weather, the Met Office says. Its annual UK report confirms that 2019 was the 12th warmest year in a series […]

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Image copyright Met Police Image caption Peter McCombie died in hospital on 11 July having suffered serious head injuries in the crash A man has been charged with killing a 72-year-old who was knocked down by a cyclist in London. Peter McCombie suffered serious head injuries when he was struck in Bow Road, Tower Hamlets, […]

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Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption Stella Frew was pronounced dead at the scene in Sutton on Friday A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman who died after she was struck by a van. Stella Frew, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene in Tonfield Road, Sutton, south-west London, just before […]

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The Science Museum in London is reopening on 19 August after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, an exhibition opened at the site that told the stories of previous pandemics. The museum says it has started collecting objects from this latest one – such as signage and medical technology – to tell […]

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Image caption Ailsa gives talks in schools encouraging children to widen their ambitions For Ailsa, the big “should I stay or should I go?” decision came at a Gateshead bus stop. “I thought ‘this is not for me,’” she said, thinking about a future of insecure jobs in a time and place where “industry was […]

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Image copyright James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam Image caption Former Uber drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam Two former Uber drivers will face the ride-hailing giant in court on Tuesday in a case that will decide whether Uber drivers should be classed as workers or self-employed. Yaseen Aslam and James Farrar say by classing drivers […]

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Image copyright Sheerin Khosrowshahi-Miandoab Image caption The first time Babak was able to talk to his daughter Sheerin was after 30 days in hospital. Babak Khosrowshahi was taken to hospital with coronavirus at 4am on 22 March – a day many people in the UK had spent on FaceTime talking to their mums on Mother’s […]

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