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UK rail delays latest: Travel disruption intensifies just in time for Christmas?

Travellers across Britain and the rest of Europe faced widespread delays and disruption due to a range of issues including adverse weather. Europe’s busiest railway station, London Waterloo, was partly closed for much of the evening rush hour because of a lineside fire outside the station. It damaged the signalling system, leading to track circuit failures on three of the ...

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Theresa May unveils new climate change policies as Tories hope to rebuild ruined environmentalist credentials

Theresa May will unveil a series of new climate change policies in Paris on Tuesday being held to mark the two-year anniversary of the global climate change agreement struck in the city. The move appears to be the latest plank in a new Tory push to stake out new environmentalist credentials following the party’s shock defeat at the general election ...

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Disproportionate stop and search of black people 'threatens public confidence in police', inspector warns

The disproportionate use of stop and search powers on black, Asian and ethnic minority people is threatening public trust and confidence in the police, officials have warned. A report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMICFRS) found that black people are at least eight times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched, even though it is statistically less ...

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Child abuse and neglect investigations surge by 60% over 10 years as services reach 'tipping point'

The number of investigations into child abuse and neglect started by local authorities has soared by 60 per cent in the last decade, as councils warn children’s services are reaching “tipping point”. An analysis of new government figures from by Local Government Association (LGA) shows that more than 500 child protection inquiries began each day last year, compared to around ...

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Hundreds of sex offenders released from prison despite posing risk to public, finds report

Hundreds of sex offenders are being released from jail despite posing a risk to the public due to “shocking” failings by a major prison, a damning report has revealed. An inspection of HMP Dartmoor, which holds high-risk offenders, found that it was failing to protect the public because of “unplanned, rushed and poor” release planning, with many sex offenders subsequently leaving without ...

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Jeremy Hunt says British people have a 'fatal reluctance' to discuss organ donation

Jeremy Hunt has blamed a “fatal reluctance” to talk about organ donation in the UK for the fact that 1,100 families opted not to donate their loved ones organs last year. The Health Secretary is today launching the Government’s consultation on the “opt-out” organ donation model that Theresa May announced, at the Conservative Party Conference, would be introduced in England. The consultation ...

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Single men feel under more pressure to be in a relationship than women, survey finds

Single men feel under more pressure to be in a relationship than women, according to a study. Around 71% of bachelors felt “significant pressure” to find a partner, compared to 58% of those from the opposite sex, a poll has found. Single men were also slightly more likely than women to suffer from loneliness if they are not in a ...

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Brexit: Employer confidence slumps to a five-year low, research reveals

Employer confidence has slumped to a five-year low, prompting fears that the UK jobs market is “cooling off”, according to a new report. A survey of 2,100 employers by recruiter Manpower found that pessimism was “acute” in London because of fears over the capital’s prospects after the UK leaves the European Union. James Hick, managing director of ManpowerGroup Solutions, said the capital has ...

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Brighton shoplifter sues Sussex Police over Taser arrest

Media playback is unsupported on your device A man suing Sussex Police after he was Tasered has told a court the incident left him anxious and suicidal. A Taser was used on Paul McClelland in July 2013 in a car park in Brighton as he was being arrested for shoplifting. A video of the arrest was passed to The Argus ...

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Will change to organ donor rules mean more transplants?

In an attempt to make more organs available for transplant, ministers are proposing a radical change by moving to a system of “presumed consent”. Current rules in England mean those willing to donate their organs, should they die, sign up to a donor register. A consultation on the new system, which would see opting out of organ donation replacing opting ...

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