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PSNI's Hamilton and Harris under investigation

Northern Ireland’s two most senior police officers are under investigation for alleged misconduct in public office and criminality that could amount to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Chief Constable George Hamilton and his deputy Drew Harris are being investigated by the Police Ombudsman. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton is also under investigation. Statement from the PSNI Statement from ...

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Universities 'could face fines or de-registration' if they fail to uphold freedom of speech

Universities that use “no platforming” and “safe spaces” to shut down free speech could face action from the new higher education regulator, the Government has announced. Jo Johnson, the universities minister, said young people and students need to “accept the legitimacy of healthy vigorous debate” as he outlined plans for the Office for Students (OfS). According to the Times, this ...

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Arriva North West bus strike: What you need to know

More than 2,000 Arriva North West bus drivers and engineering staff are taking industrial action in protest over “pitiful” pay offers. Members of the Unite and GMB unions are involved in the 24-hour strike which began at 03:30 BST and will continue until Friday. It is the first of three planned days of action, with further walkouts scheduled for Arriva ...

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The golden age of pubs: 8 unusual ways inn were used in the past

Pubs used to be so useful (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk) The modern pub is a beautiful thing, but ultimately it’s just a space for food, drink and entertainment. The inns that flourished in the coaching age were so much more. The top 10 cosiest pubs in London They were transport hubs, community meeting places and centres for news ...

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Single-sex English classes introduced at Southampton school

A head teacher who introduced single-sex GCSE English classes in September in a bid to improve exam results has said he is “very impressed” with the way it has been working. Redbridge Community School in Southampton, Hampshire, introduced the new timetable for years 10 and 11, after results showed the girls were doing better than the boys. According to the ...

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Gran Turismo Sport review – back in the race

Gran Turismo Sport (PS4) – the best-looking game on PlayStation 4? Sony’s racing exclusive finally arrives on PS4, with some of the best graphics on the console, but is it a better game than Forza Motorsport 7? Games Inbox: What is the future for survival horror? The one thing you can’t accuse developer Polyphony Digital of doing is rushing things. ...

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UK banks exposed to money laundering in South Africa

UK banks may have been used to launder money stolen from South Africa, a former cabinet minister has alleged in a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond. Lord Peter Hain said a South African whistle-blower had indicated the banks “maybe inadvertently have been conduits for the corrupt proceeds of money”. The Labour peer is due to raise the issue in the ...

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One in four people 'trapped in low-paid jobs'

A quarter of low paid workers are permanently stuck in poorly paid jobs in the UK with little chance of earning more, according to new research. The Social Mobility Commission said low pay was “endemic” in the UK, with women more likely to get stuck on low pay. It found just one in six low paid workers had managed to ...

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Hundreds of families block organ donation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Organs from 505 registered donors could not be made available for transplant in the last five years because of objections from relatives. BBC 5 live found that almost a third of families blocked organ donation because they felt the process took “too long”. The law states that consent lies with the deceased, but ...

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'Steep rise' in self-harm among teenage girls

There has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16, according to a study of data from GP practices across the UK. The BMJ study, which looked at figures from 2011-2014, said GPs could be getting better at picking up self-harm. But it was likely that rising stress and psychological problems in young people ...

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