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White Helmets' bikes to go under hammer in Sherborne

The recently disbanded British Army’s motorcycle display team’s bikes are being sold at auction in Sherborne. The Triumph T140 bikes have been specially customised for stunts with no rear suspension and a modified throttle. The team made a final farewell parade through its hometown of Blandford Forum, Dorset on 27 September. Six of the bikes go under the hammer at ...

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Foster care abuse victims urged to speak out after ruling

A woman who won a “landmark” legal battle against a council after being abused by foster parents as a child has urged more victims to speak out. Natasha Armes, 40, from Nottingham, had been in foster care from the age of seven to 18, in the 1980s. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled Nottinghamshire County Council “vicariously liable” for the ...

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Greater Manchester fire crews given bodycams after attacks

Firefighters in Greater Manchester have been given body cameras after a rise in attacks, the fire service has said. There have been 10 attacks – including three on Tuesday night – in the past four weeks, the Manchester Evening News reports. Crews in Bolton were given bodycams in the past week, said Lee Coleman from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue ...

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Fly-tipping costs taxpayers £58m in clean-up costs

Media playback is unsupported on your device More than one million incidents of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils in England in 2016-17, costing taxpayers £58m to clear up. It was the fourth year in a row that incidents increased. About 56,000 fixed penalty notices were handed out by councils to people caught illegally dumping. The Department for the Environment, ...

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Alarm over decline in flying insects

It’s known as the windscreen phenomenon. When you stop your car after a drive, there seem to be far fewer squashed insects than there used to be. Scientists have long suspected that insects are in dramatic decline, but new evidence confirms this. Research at more than 60 protected areas in Germany suggests flying insects have declined by more than 75% ...

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Meghan Markle met the Queen with Harry at Buckingham Palace

Harry and Meghan apparently had sandwiches, scones and cakes with the Queen (Picture: – WPA Pool / Getty Images) Prince Harry has introduced Meghan Markle to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, it has been reported. The American actress, 36, shared afternoon tea with her partner and his grandmother on Thursday. Flights are making emergency landings after ‘smelling smoke’ due to ...

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Abuse common in music industry too – Sir Tom Jones

Sir Tom Jones has said the abuse and harassment alleged to have taken place in Hollywood is also widespread in the music industry. The singer was discussing the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein in an interview with the BBC. “Things have always happened in the music industry as well,” he said. “There’s been people complaining about publicists and different things they’ve ...

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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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