Paul McNamara , Reporter

  • 5 Jan 2018

    He has knobbly knees and turned-out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. Ringing any bells? Well, if you’ve had children in the last quarter of a century, you’ll recognise that as a quote from Julia Donaldson’s best-selling children’s book The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The German-born illustrator’s picture books…

  • 2 Jan 2018

    New Year.  New rail fare increases.  It’s become an unwelcome part of the festive season – many rail passengers are being hit with the highest ticket price rise in five years. The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling – who’s in Qatar – admitted the increase was higher than he would wish. While many commuters and the…

  • 24 Dec 2017

    Emergency workers in the Philippines are searching for survivors of a tropical storm that has killed an estimated 200 people. Storm Tembin caused flooding and landslides when it hit the island of Mindanao and has now been upgraded to a typhoon. It is feared its windspeeds may increase and it could could hit southern Vietnam…

  • 20 Dec 2017

    MPs have branded homelessness “a national crisis”, condemning the government for its “unacceptably complacent” response. A damning report by the cross-party public accounts committee says the number of people sleeping rough has soared 134% since 2011, describing the government’s efforts to eliminate rough sleeping as the ‘”tip of the iceberg”. Ministers insist they’re providing more…

  • 19 Dec 2017

    Just two weeks ago, the brand new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier was handed over to the Royal Navy. It’s the biggest ship the navy has ever had and has a flight deck the size of three football pitches. For £3.1 billion, you might it expect it not to leak. But it turns out it…

  • 18 Dec 2017

    This is 21st century Britain. But still there are people without homes, still people living rough on the streets, including some who are in work, even some doing vital jobs in the public sector, low paid and increasingly struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Central government doesn’t keep statistics on the ‘working homeless’.…

  • 15 Dec 2017

    He calls himself the Antichrist Superstar. Now armed with a new album, Heaven Upside Down, Marilyn Manson is playing sell-out concerts across the UK. He’s back on tour despite breaking his leg after two giant prop firearms fell on him during a previous show. He talks about his controversial music and the shock-rock tactics which…

  • 14 Dec 2017

    The urgent demand for more homes has been underlined by the latest government figures.  The number of homeless households went up six per cent between June and September this year. A spokesman for the local government association said today that over the last three years the task facing councils was the equivalent of finding temporary…

  • 11 Dec 2017

    As Britain freezes so too do the thousands sleeping rough in towns and cities across the country, Whilst the majority of us worry about staying warm, for those on the streets the priority is staying alive in sub-zero temperatures.

  • 30 Nov 2017

    The father of Poppi Worthington broke down in tears during the inquest into her death when he was asked if he had sexually abused her. The 49-year-old who has always denied any wrongdoing refused to answer the question – or more than 250 other questions that were put to him. He has maintained his right…

  • 27 Nov 2017

    A second inquest has opened into the death of the toddler Poppi Worthington who died in hospital after she was found with serious injuries at her home in Barrow in December 2012. A family court ruled last year that her father Paul Worthington probably sexually assaulted her before her death. He has denied wrongdoing and…

  • 13 Nov 2017

    A man has been found guilty of carrying out an acid attack in a crowded east London night club which left 22 people hurt. Arthur Collins, the ex-boyfriend of reality television star Ferne McCann, admitted spraying the substance inside the Mangle E8 club during the early hours of April 17th, but claimed he hadn’t known…

  • 12 Nov 2017

    Remembrance Sunday has been commemorated by a two minute silence at hundreds events around the UK. For the first time the Queen did not lay a wreath at the Cenotaph – instead watching from the balcony of the Foreign Office as Prince Charles took her place.

  • 11 Nov 2017

    Today’s Armistice Day ceremonies commemorated those servicemen and women killed while serving their country. But it is those who survive with life – changing injuries – or mental scars – that are the focus of Emma Willis. Paul McNamara went to meet her and some of her customers.

  • 6 Nov 2017

    Every party leader in Westminster sat round the table in the Prime Minister’s Commons office this afternoon: an extraordinary meeting called by Theresa May to agree a new independent grievance procedure to tackle claims of sexual harassment in Parliament. Mrs May called it an ‘important step forward’ –  while Jeremy Corbyn said the scandals should…