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To stop more Carillions we must break this supine conspiracy

How many more does it need? How many more Carillions must we endure before lawmakers and regulators sit up and take notice? How many more corporate disasters and banking failures do we have to endure before there is meaningful change?  The reason I ask, is that with Carillion we’ve been here before. Too often. It’s as if we learn nothing. Ten ...

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Hundreds of London minicabs working outside capital

More than 1,000 Transport for London (TfL)-registered private hire drivers have addresses as far away as Bradford and Cardiff. Letters released by the Mayor of London’s Office show there were 747 TfL-registered minicab drivers in Birmingham and 378 in Bristol. It means local councils in those areas have no control over drivers’ licensing or the number on their roads. Sadiq ...

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Found Wolverhampton woman 'assaulted' before death

A woman found dead at a house in Wolverhampton had been assaulted and items were taken from her home, police said. The 38-year-old, who has not been named, was found on Rookery Road in Penn, at around 16:00 GMT on Friday. Further tests are being carried out after a post-mortem examination was inconclusive, police said. Her death is being treated ...

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Promise Nkenda stabbing: Two charged over Newham death

Two 17-year-old boys have been charged with the murder of a teenager who was fatally stabbed in Newham, east London, on Valentine’s Day. Promise Nkenda, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene on Goldwing Close, Canning Town, after police were called at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday. Both boys were arrested on Saturday and have also been charged with robbery. They ...

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Floral tributes after Barns Green level crossing deaths

Floral tributes have been left for a teenage boy and his grandfather who were killed when their car was hit by a train on a level crossing. The pair, named locally as Will Hallett, 15, and Barry Hearnshaw, 72, died at the scene in West Sussex. Police and rail investigators are working to establish how the crash happened at Barns ...

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Autism: Scientists take 'first steps' towards biological test

Scientists have taken the first steps towards what they say could become a new blood and urine test for autism. Their study tested children with and without the condition and found higher levels of protein damage in those with the disorder. The researchers said the tests could lead ultimately to the earlier detection of the condition, which can be difficult ...

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Woman arrested over 'move your van' note on ambulance

A 26-year-old woman has been arrested after an abusive note was left on an ambulance dealing with a 999 call. The hand-written message, in which the writer said she did not care “if the whole street collapsed” was left in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, on Sunday. Ch Insp John Owen from Staffordshire Police said the woman was arrested for public order offences. ...

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Forget Flat Earth, the new hot conspiracy theory is that our planet is actually hollow

An example of a concave hollow Earth. Humans live on the interior, with the universe in the center (Picture: Joshua Cesa) Brace yourselves, because there’s a new conspiracy theory even crazier than Flat Earther’s conviction our planet is actually a magic pancake flying through space. Asda delivery driver crashed into mother’s car then drove away Thousands of new believers are ...

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The Baftas Need To Try Harder To Shake Their Lacklustre Reputation – HuffPost Verdict

It’s no secret that the Baftas are one of the more lacklustre events on the awards season calendar and Sunday’s ceremony did nothing to shake this reputation.  Things got off to a good start and in Joanna Lumley, Bafta had all the makings of a fresh, fun host. Her opening monologue broke the ice nicely, with a number of friendly ...

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First human cells grown in sheep embryos in organ donation breakthrough

Scientists say they have grown sheep embryos containing human cells, marking a significant step towards cultivating human organs in animals. It is hoped growing the body parts in animals could not only reduce transplant waiting lists, but could also lower the transplant rejection rates because they could be grown with a patient’s own cells. Scientists have long attempted to grow organs of one species inside another ...

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