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Flare thrown out with household waste blew up in hands of recycling plant worker

A marine flare exploded in the hands of a recycling plant worker after it was discarded with household waste.

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South Western Railway and Greater Anglia workers to hold more strikes guards row

Two of the rail companies embroiled in bitter disputes over the role of guards are to be hit by fresh strikes just after Christmas and on New Year's Eve.

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Appeal judges rule driver who caused crash that killed sister should be jailed

A van driver spared jail after causing a crash which killed his sister has been locked up after judges ruled his original sentence was "unduly lenient".

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Woman claiming rape by MP's aide told boyfriend she gave story to Press - court

A woman who claims she was raped in a Conservative MP's office by his chief of staff told her boyfriend she gave the story to the Press just hours after the alleged attack, a court has heard.

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Busiest week of the year as Royal Mail workers sort Christmas post

Royal Mail staff are working to ensure millions of Christmas cards arrive on time in what is their busiest week of the year.

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Cold eases but some schools shut ahead of 'rollercoaster' weekend temperatures

Dozens of schools will be shut for a third consecutive day - as the country prepares for a "rollercoaster" of temperatures over the weekend.

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Victim of paedophile hospital doctor Myles Bradbury 'left suicidal'

The mother of one of the victims of paedophile hospital doctor Myles Bradbury says her son has been left "suicidal" following the abuse.

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Activist says Labour not showing respect over her inappropriate behaviour claim

A female Labour activist has accused the party of failing to show "respect, seriousness and transparency" in handling her complaint of inappropriate behaviour by a veteran MP, after it missed its self-imposed deadline for a decision.

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Woman raped by Tory MP's aide, court told

A woman "felt like a hostage" when she was called a "bitch" and raped by a Conservative MP's chief of staff in his boss's office, a court has heard.

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School and transport disruption continues after coldest night of the year

The coldest night of the year so far has led to fresh disruption as flights were cancelled, schools remained closed and drivers faced lengthy delays.

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Grayling orders probe as rail users offered tickets for 'non-existent' services

An inquiry has been launched into the sale of train tickets after a watchdog warned that passengers may have been "misled" over festive travel.

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Ex-football coach 'befriended young player before abusing him'

A former football coach befriended a young player at a match then went on to sexually abuse him, a trial has heard.

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Man died waiting for brain op as another patient was prioritised, inquest told

An "independent and active" grandfather died while awaiting a life-saving brain operation after another patient was prioritised ahead of him, an inquest has heard.

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Labour MP Clive Lewis cleared of groping woman

Labour MP Clive Lewis has been cleared of groping a woman, after the party's sexual harassment panel found insufficient evidence to proceed with a case against him.

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Put Westminster sexual harassment claims out of your minds, rape trial jury told

Jurors trying a Conservative MP's aide for the alleged rape of a woman have been told to put anything they may have heard about a culture of sexual harassment at Westminster out of their minds.

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No trace of missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague as landfill search ends

The landfill search for missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague has concluded without finding any trace of him.

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Disgraced head 'left school in serious financial difficulty'

A school has been left in "serious financial difficulty" by the actions of a disgraced head teacher who used funds to build a "sex dungeon".

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Married doctor charged with sexual assaults on four women

A married doctor has appeared in court charged with sexually assaulting four women.

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Disgraced publicict Max Clifford dies in hospital after being taken ill in jail

Disgraced former celebrity publicist Max Clifford has died, the Ministry of Justice said.

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Study links negative emotions to living in a former industrial heartland

People living in areas that historically relied on coal-based industries are more likely to experience negative emotions such as anxiety and depressive moods, a study has found.

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