The non-league keeper Wayne Shaw has lost his livelihood over a silly mistake involving a bet and a hot snack. What a hypocritical overreaction
Football romantics hoping to witness one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history on Monday evening were left disappointed by the sight of the mighty Arsenal brushing aside plucky Sutton at Gander Green Lane ground with a routine 2-0 win.
At least, in the 83rd minute, they could take comfort in the reassuring spectacle of the non-league side’s 23-stone reserve goalkeeper guzzling a meat pie in the dugout. Such moments tend to be ripe with symbolism, epitomising an apparently egalitarian competition that allows pub teams the opportunity to dream of toppling Premier League megabrands, destined to be replayed for years to come in humorous clip shows and more serious magic-of-the-Cup documentaries. Continue reading...
Energy UK chief tells MPs rising wholesale prices and government subsidies mean continuing pressure to increase bills
Britain’s big six energy suppliers are under pressure to pass on more price hikes to consumers’ energy bills, the industry trade body has warned.
Npower, EDF and Scottish Power have already announced price rises for millions of customers, blaming a mix of rising wholesale costs, installation of smart meters and government policies paid for through bills. British Gas has frozen prices until August, while SSE and E.ON are yet to declare their intentions. Continue reading...
The man convicted of murdering children's author Helen Bailey is facing an investigation into what police called the "sudden, unexpected" death of his first wife.
A single mother of four who scooped £14.5m with a EuroMillions lucky dip ticket says she is overwhelmed to know "I'm never going to have to struggle again".
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain appointed experienced counter-terrorism officer Cressida Dick as London's new police chief on Wednesday, the first woman to hold the job but who is best known for heading an operation which led to the killing of an innocent Brazilian.
Video of woman tearing wingmirror from catcaller’s van is viral dynamite – but it seems no one verified it before covering the story
As the debate over fake news rages on, a viral video which seems to have been staged was splashed all over various news sites.
Filmed from the headcam of a motorcyclist, it shows a woman furiously confronting a van full of men who catcalled her. After a tense interaction at some traffic lights, in which one man asks her if she’s on her period, the woman follows the van down the street. In a fury, she tears the wingmirror from the side of the van. Continue reading...
UKIP's richest donor says the party is at a "tipping point" and has hinted he may pour his millions into another political movement if the party fails to be sufficiently radical.
Jamal al-Harith joined Isis and became a suicide bomber, but what did the future hold for the other UK citizens and residents released?
Jamal al-Harith, the Manchester-born jihadi who blew himself up in Iraq after joining Islamic State, was one of at least 17 British citizens and residents known to have been imprisoned in the US Guantánamo camps in Cuba.
All were interviewed by the British authorities on their return. In 2010 the government had agreed to pay them millions of pounds in compensation. Continue reading...
Business secretary’s announcement comes after bid for Unilever and amid continued concerns for jobs at carmaker Vauxhall
The business secretary, Greg Clark, is to outline plans on how the government should respond to foreign takeovers of UK firms in crucial sectors such as nuclear power.
Clark told an audience at EEF’s annual manufacturing conference in London that proposals would be set out in coming weeks. Continue reading...
Cressida Dick must deal with an array of challenges at Scotland Yard and in the city it protects – but not all can be controlled
The new Scotland Yard commissioner’s in-tray shows an array of big challenges, with some crises already foreseeable. The main issues deal with guns, money and the sins of the past.
Related: Cressida Dick appointed first female Met police commissioner Continue reading...
Firms admit to MPs they would not go out of business if change in law meant they could no longer rely on self-employed staff
Amazon, Deliveroo and Uber have admitted their businesses would remain viable if they were no longer allowed to rely on self-employed workers who do not receive sick pay, pensions or a guaranteed minimum wage.
Senior executives working for the three firms, as well as delivery company Hermes, told MPs that a change in the law being considered by the government to give more workers in the gig economy basic employment protections would not force their businesses to close. Continue reading...
Shakespeare students are rehearsing their lines together - even though they are 1,600 miles apart.
The deputy Labour leader appears to perform a ‘dab’ dance move during prime ministers questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Tom Watson partakes in the celebratory gesture, which involves raising one arm and holding the other out straight, after Jeremy Corbyn attacks Theresa May over the NHS Continue reading...
Jamal al-Harith had reportedly received £1m in compensation after being held at Guantanamo Bay.
Research showed most people prefer not to glimpse the future, whether for the results of a football match or to find out if their marriage will last
Whether anticipating good news or bad, it turns out that most people would prefer to remain in the dark than sneak a glimpse of the future.
According to research involving more than 2,000 participants, more than 85% would not want to know if their marriage would end in divorce, while a similar proportion wanted to remain ignorant of when they would die. Even for happy events, ignorance was often prized, be it in the case of Christmas gifts, or the upshot of a football match. Continue reading...
The mother of four says she intends to buy a family home after netting a jackpot of £14.5m.
The fiance of the suffocated children's author Helen Bailey has been found guilty of murder.
Firms hit hardest by the business rates rise will get "appropriate relief", Theresa May has insisted.
A toddler murdered by her legal guardian was "invisible to professionals" and should "never have been placed" in the woman's care, according to a review.
Scotland Yard says suspect was detained in West Sussex following claims made by two alleged victims last year
A 73-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of offensive messages sent on social media to two MPs, Scotland Yard said.
The suspect was detained in West Sussex at about 8.50am on Wednesday following claims by the alleged victims on 13 July and 20 July last year. Continue reading...
Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction
MPs have launched an official inquiry into universal credit amid growing concerns that design flaws in the new benefits system are leaving thousands of low-income claimants facing eviction and reliant on food banks.
The Commons work and pensions committee said it was compelled to launch a full investigation after mounting evidence that built-in payment delays and administrative blockages were creating severe problems for claimants and landlords. Continue reading...
Scotland Yard has appointed its first female Commissioner in the force's 188 year history.
IPCC issues gross misconduct notices after Judah Adunbi was Tasered when officers mistook him for a wanted man
Two police officers involved in an incident in which a race relations adviser was Tasered have been served with gross misconduct notices. Continue reading...
At least 800 people from the UK have travelled to support or fight for jihadist organisations in Syria and Iraq, according to British officials. But what do we know about them?
The spaniel needed emergency surgery after swallowing a Thomas the Tank Engine toy.
The Lancashire district was named the best place in Britain for twentysomethings to move – and nowhere in the south-east even made it to the top 50
Name: South Ribble.
Age: 43. Continue reading...
Heard the term but not sure what it means? Chris Fawkes explains.
A device is found outside the home of a serving police officer in Londonderry.
An Irish politician calls on the government to deploy soldiers to stop a rhododendron invasion.
Whirlpool – which also owns Indesit, Creda and Proline – changes advice after criticism from trading standards and Which?
A leading white goods manufacturer has changed its advice to the owners of millions of potentially dangerous tumble dryers, which could burst into flames, and is telling them to unplug the appliances and stop using them until they are repaired.
Whirlpool – whose brands include Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda and Proline – on Wednesday updated the advice on its website after receiving two enforcement notices from Peterborough Trading Standards In December the trading standards office was threatened with a judicial review by consumer group Which? for its handling of the “fiasco” of the faulty machines. Whirlpool has also been advised to publicise the changed advice to consumers through advertisements in national newspapers, through social media and in stores. Continue reading...
LONDON (Reuters) - French carmaker Peugeot , which is exploring the takeover of General Motors' European operations, recognises the contribution its two British Vauxhall plants make to the car brand, British business minister Greg Clark said on Wednesday.
Armed men helped Shaun Walmsley escape as officers were putting him in a taxi, the BBC understands.
Doris threatens snow for some, heavy rain for others and high winds for all across the UK
Environmentalists hail ‘landmark moment’ as world’s biggest soft drinks company agrees to set up pilot scheme in Scotland
Coca-Cola has announced it supports testing a deposit return service for drinks cans and bottles, in a major coup for environment and anti-waste campaigners.
Coca-Cola executives told an event in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening they agreed with campaigners who are pressing the Scottish government to set up a bottle return pilot scheme to cut waste and pollution, and boost recycling. Continue reading...
Housebuilder appears to brush aside Brexit uncertainties to extend capital returns after pre-tax profits beat analysts’ expectations
On Britain’s biggest housebuilders took shareholders by surprise with an enhanced cash payout, despite its decision to cut prices at some of its most expensive homes in London to address waning demand.
Brushing aside any uncertainty surrounding the Brexit vote, Barratt Developments said it was sufficiently confident in the outlook for the housing market to extend its capital return plan, including special dividend payments of £175m in November 2017 and November 2018. Continue reading...
Bestselling author Helen Bailey was murdered by the man she loved.