Symeon Brown , Reporter

  • 2 Feb 2018

    The number of council houses which have been sold into private hands has shot up five fold over the last six years, according to new figures, thanks to £3.5bn in public money to help tenants buy their homes at a discount. Councils warned that the government’s right to buy scheme has become unsustainable, without more…

  • 14 Jan 2018

    Tenants could be given stronger legal powers to force landlords to ensure their properties are safe, after the Government announced it is to back new laws proposed by a Labour MP. Labour’s Karen Buck wants to bring in rules which will make it easier for tenants in the social and private rented sectors to take…

  • 13 Jan 2018

    For many, the post-Christmas period is a time of rethinking what we eat and drink. Some try a dry January while others start the year with the good intentions of eating more healthily. But what about eating more sustainably? This week the government published a 25-year plan for the environment and targeted excess packaging, while…

  • 5 Jan 2018

    Confused messages about diesel and tax increases have sent new car sales plummeting for the first time in six years, with diesel car purchases slumping by 17% last year compared to 2016. And the market hasn’t been helped by Brexit uncertainty either.

  • 4 Jan 2018

    The Prime Minister has rejected comments from the Conservative leader of Windsor and Maidenhead council who has called on police to clear all rough sleepers from Windsor before the royal wedding in May. Complaining of “aggressive begging and intimidation”, Councillor Simon Dudley said some rough sleepers had made a “commercial life choice praying on residents and…

  • 2 Jan 2018

    A senior police officer has appealed for help to tackle knife crime – after what police called a “truly unusual” number of fatal stabbings over New Year. Four young men died in London on New Year’s Eve and the early hours of January 1st, while there were other knife attacks around the country. The Met’s…

  • 29 Dec 2017

    ‘The NHS doesn’t stand for the National Hangover Service’ – so said the head of NHS England Simon Stevens today as he warned that ‘drunk tanks’ might be needed to relieve pressure on A&E. Mr Stevens revealed that a staggering 70 per cent of attendances at A&E on Friday and Saturday night are due to…

  • 28 Dec 2017

    Hundreds of airline passengers were left stranded overnight at Stansted Airport as flights were delayed or cancelled due to snow and ice.  The sub-zero temperatures are due to cause disruption across large parts of the UK until the end of the week.

  • 22 Dec 2017

    Floating islands of plastic bottles, fish choking on plastic bags. These have been some of the most alarming images of 2017, and now MPs are demanding drastic action: free drinking fountains in public places or a deposit on plastic bottles, anything to protect oceans from the “devastating” impact of pollution. One idea is a sliding…

  • 21 Dec 2017

    It’s the longest night of the year: four days before Christmas when many people are beginning to head home for the holidays. But for thousands of young people living rough on the streets or with nowhere secure to live: there is no home. In the latest in our series on Britain’s homeless Symeon Brown has…

  • 24 Nov 2017

    Theresa May won’t put a figure on Britain’s divorce bill from the EU, but the price of leaving Europe could end up costing everyone in the UK hundreds of pounds each. Will people who voted for Brexit be happy to pay up? Or, in the words of Boris Johnson, should European leaders “go whistle” for…

  • 12 Nov 2017

    Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have been trading insults again, as the president arrives on the last leg of his Asia tour.

  • 11 Nov 2017

    Channel 4 News has learnt that the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will meet with the family of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British woman imprisoned in Iran.

  • 21 Oct 2017

    Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Barcelona – after Spain declared it wanted to seize control of the Catalan government and call new elections. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont – who Madrid has said will be removed from office – was among the crowds protesting against direct rule – and rejecting…

  • 19 Oct 2017

    The number of crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales has topped five million for the first time in a decade – that’s 13 per cent higher than the year before. Police are now dealing with more violent incidents, and almost a fifth more sexual offence crimes.