Sir Elton John's surprise call to viral video teen Lewis Hine

A disabled teenager who made a video which has gone viral received a phone call from Sir Elton John- who said he was moved to tears by it. Lewis Hine created it to celebrate his 16th birthday and it has been viewed nearly seven million times on Facebook. He said: “Sir Elton John phoned and said he’d watched the video ...

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Protected New Forest heathland damaged by gravel thieves

Habitats of rare birds, butterflies and snakes have been destroyed by gravel thieves on protected New Forest heathland, the National Trust has said. About 15 tonnes (1,500 kg) of gravel was taken from Rockford Common, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The area is home to species including smooth snakes, silver-studded blue butterflies and birds such as Dartford warblers and ...

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Protected New Forest heathland damaged by gravel thieves

Habitats of rare birds, butterflies and snakes have been destroyed by gravel thieves on protected New Forest heathland, the National Trust has said. About 15 tonnes (1,500 kg) of gravel was taken from Rockford Common, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The area is home to species including smooth snakes, silver-studded blue butterflies and birds such as Dartford warblers and ...

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Canterbury hospital junior doctors moved over lack of training

A hospital has been told to transfer more than half of its junior doctors to ensure patient safety because of a lack of consultants to train them. Health Education England said 42 out of 76 trainee doctors at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital should be moved. East Kent Hospitals trust said some emergency services will be affected. The junior doctors ...

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Canterbury hospital junior doctors moved over lack of training

A hospital has been told to transfer more than half of its junior doctors to ensure patient safety because of a lack of consultants to train them. Health Education England said 42 out of 76 trainee doctors at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital should be moved. East Kent Hospitals trust said some emergency services will be affected. The junior doctors ...

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Former Baxenden deputy head teacher charged with sex offences

A former deputy head teacher has been charged with sexual offences against 13 pupils. Grahame Brennand, 69, of Calder Avenue, Preston, is accused of 24 counts of indecent assault against young girls at St John’s Primary School in Baxenden, Lancashire. The offences were allegedly committed between 1974 and 1988, Lancashire Police said. Mr Brennand is due to appear at Burnley ...

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Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth artwork chosen for 2018 and 2020

A recreation of a sculpture destroyed by so-called Islamic State (IS) is to be displayed in Trafalgar Square. The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist by Michael Rakowitz is one of two commissions announced for the central London square’s Fourth Plinth. The other artwork is THE END by Heather Phillipson, a sculpture portraying a whirl of cream topped with a cherry, ...

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UK inflation rate leaps to 2.3%

Inflation, as measured by the Office for National Statistics’ Consumer Prices Index, jumped to 2.3% in February – up from 1.8% in January. The rate is the highest since September 2013 and above the 2% target the Bank of England is charged with keeping inflation at. Rising fuel and food prices were the main factors pushing inflation higher. The Brexit ...

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Sir Elton's surprise call to video teen

Disabled teenager Lewis Hine re-lives the moment Sir Elton John phoned him to praise him for his “inspirational” Facebook video. The Portsmouth teenager created the video to mark his sixteenth birthday. Lewis has undergone more than a dozen brain surgeries since he was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged 17 months. It has currently been viewed nearly seven million times ...

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Arsenal exit would be a big mistake for contract rebel Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil could be axed by Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty) Barely a day goes by without a story that someone is leaving Arsenal in the summer, and the latest is that Arsene Wenger has lost patience with Mesut Ozil to the extent that he’s now ready to let him go. Wenger himself is by no means certain to still ...

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