Owl disrupts Avon and Somerset police's phone system

An owl has caused serious problems for a police force’s computer and phone systems after it flew into power cables. Avon and Somerset Police had to urge people to call 999 only if they had a genuine emergency and avoid the non-emergency 101 service. The police headquarters said neighbouring forces supported them with their 999 call response on Monday. The ...

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Royal Navy submarines of the future conceptualised

A manta ray mothership, eel-like drones and fish-shaped torpedoes… not things from a sci-fi movie but visions of the Royal Navy submarines of the future. Twenty scientists and engineers aged 16 to 34 were challenged to “visioneer” a new generation of underwater craft. Their ideas drew heavily on marine life, feature surfaces that can shape-shift, and boast radical new propulsion ...

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New £1 coins 'being wrongly returned' by companies

Efforts to phase out the old £1 coin are being hampered by companies who are returning the new 12-sided replacement by mistake. The old round pound ceases to be legal tender on 15 October, with a billion taken out of circulation already. But the removal process is being slowed down because about half of the £1 coins sent back are ...

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Notting Hill Carnival: Thousands enjoy sound, salsa and sun

Hundreds of thousands of revellers descended on Notting Hill for the final day of carnival. Rooted in Afro-Caribbean culture and celebrating community cohesion, the event took on extra significance following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Colourful floats passed within half a mile of the blackened tower and revellers were encouraged to lower their music and walk respectably. People were asked to ...

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Brexit: UK and EU negotiators call for more progress

Media playback is unsupported on your device The European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has expressed concern about progress so far, as the third round of Brexit talks gets under way. He warned that UK “ambiguity” must be removed and progress on “separation” issues made before any talks on the future EU-UK relationship. For his part, UK Brexit Secretary David ...

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Queensferry Crossing lit up ahead of opening

The new £1.35bn Queensferry Crossing has been lit up to mark the handover of the bridge from the contractors to the Scottish government. The 1.7 miles (2.7km) crossing over the river Forth will fully open to traffic for the first time on Wednesday. On Monday night, a procession of vehicles travelled across the structure ahead of a handover ceremony. First ...

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Man ‘fathers 102 children after ignoring rules and donating sperm at 11 clinics’

(Picture: Getty/Myles Goode) A sperm donor is believed to have fathered 102 children after ignoring rules to donate at 11 separate clinics. It’s believed several single mothers warned the authorities of a sperm donor who gave his sperm against the rules at several fertility clinics. Hundreds of shelter dogs from Puerto Rico arrive in US hoping for a better life ...

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‘I understand how it works’: Gavin Rossdale addresses The Voice sacking for the first time

Gavin Rossdale on The Voice (Picture: ITV) Gavin Rossdale has broken his silcne on his mercilles sacking from The Voice, insisting he understand ‘how it works’. Deadly EastEnders twist for Jane, Phelan murder plot in Corrie and 23 more soap spoilers The 51-year-old was dropped from the BBC One show’s judging line-up after just one series with reports claiming McFly’s ...

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Tiemoue Bakayoko lifts lid on Chelsea frustrations

Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko finally made his debut in last week’s win over Tottenham (Picture: Getty) Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed his frustration at having been made to wait so long to make his Chelsea debut. The summer signing from Monaco underwent surgery in the summer and was forced to miss his new club’s pre-season campaign, sat out the Community Shield defeat ...

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Chemicals used in furniture and gym mats could be making women infertile, study suggests

Flame-retardant chemicals used on furniture and other products could be making women infertile, a new study suggests. Researchers in the US found more than 80 per cent of women having fertility treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital had traces of three types of chemicals known as PFRs in their urine. And those with high levels of the chemicals were 38 ...

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