• Published on 2 Jan 2018 Sections

    Staff at Woburn Safari Park say they’re devastated after its entire troop of 13 Patas monkeys died in a fire which broke out in their enclosure – just days after several animals were killed in a blaze at London zoo. Officials said although staff and firefighters rushed to the scene in the early hours of…

  • Published on 2 Jan 2018 Sections Politics

    Conservative London Assembly Member – Shaun Bailey – who grew up in a council house in Ladbroke Grove, and Aileen Evans, Chief Executive of Grand Union Housing Group discuss social housing.

  • Published on 2 Jan 2018 Sections Politics

    Beyond of course, the enormous personal tragedies of the Grenfell fire, one of its wider legacies has been to shine an unforgiving light on Britain’s social housing. The former Home Secretary Alan Johnson grew up in the slums of North Kensington, eventually bulldozed to make way for Grenfell.  For his generation, a council home was…

  • Published on 2 Jan 2018 Sections United States, World

    Hundreds of Hollywood writers, directors and actresses have launched a fighting fund to help American women sexually harassed at work take legal action. The Time’s Up campaign, backed by British stars including Emma Watson and Thandie Newton – is designed to help women in low paid industries who can’t afford to pay for their own…

  • Published on 2 Jan 2018 Sections

    Two women and a man have been sentenced for enforced labour and exploitation offences – after a police investigation into nail bars across the country. Officers from five forces managed to uncover a human trafficking operation which forced young Vietnamese women to work in the nail bars with little or no pay. The judge described…

  • Published on 2 Jan 2018 Sections

    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…

  • Published on 2 Jan 2018 Sections Business, Politics

    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…

  • Published on 1 Jan 2018 Sections

    Thousands of cars have been destroyed after fire ripped through a multi-storey car park in Liverpool. The blaze broke out near the city’s Echo arena, where crowds had gathered to watch the Liverpool International Horse Show. Some residents were forced from their homes.

  • Published on 30 Dec 2017 Sections

    The New Year Honours have been released. In total, 1,123 people have been recognised in some way.

  • Published on 29 Dec 2017 Sections

    The public will next month be allowed to appeal against lenient sentences for some terrorist offences the government announced today. People who believe punishments are too soft will be able to appeal to the attorney general. Those found guilty of crimes such as tipping off terrorists about an investigation could see their sentences increased as…

  • Published on 29 Dec 2017 Sections Health

    ‘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…

  • Published on 29 Dec 2017 Sections

    It was one of the coldest nights of the year last night. And the snow, ice and wind that accompanied the plummeting temperatures have caused severe travel disruptions across the UK.

  • Published on 28 Dec 2017 Sections

    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.

  • Published on 27 Dec 2017 Sections Wales

    It’s been a difficult day if you were trying to get somewhere, either to see or perhaps to flee family. Snowfall across England and Wales has seen closures, on the roads, on the rails and in the air and there are warnings of freezing temperatures and ice tonight.

  • Published on 24 Dec 2017 Sections

    London zoo has reopened following yesterday’s fire which killed several animals. The zoo said that four meerkats which were previously thought to be missing, died along with an aardvark. It’s still unclear what caused the fire.