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Rare bee-eater birds seen at Nottinghamshire sand quarry

Media playback is unsupported on your device Birdwatchers have rushed to a quarry to catch a glimpse of seven “exotic” birds that are usually seen in southern Europe. Bee-eaters, which are rare visitors to the UK, have been spotted at the Cemex quarry, in East Leake, Nottinghamshire. The RSPB said the birds, which feast on bees and wasps, have been ...

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Grenfell Tower: Residents confront minister over issues

Media playback is unsupported on your device Residents affected by the Grenfell Tower fire have vented their frustration at what they say is a lack of progress in dealing with problems. They confronted housing minister Alok Sharma MP on why the homeless are not yet rehoused, in tense exchanges on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. The minister told them people ...

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Charlie Gard's parents 'hope to use donations to set up charity'

The mother of Charlie Gard has suggested £1.3m donated by the public for her son to undergo experimental therapy will instead go to charity. Judges at the European Court of Human Rights have rejected Charlie’s parents’ plea to intervene in his case. It means Great Ormond Street can switch off the baby’s life support. Previously his mother Connie Yates wrote ...

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Tesco to axe 1,200 head office jobs

Tesco plans to cut 1,200 jobs at its head office as part of a major cost-cutting drive. The UK’s biggest supermarket told staff on Wednesday morning about the cull, which amounts to a quarter of its workforce in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield. Tesco is implementing a turnaround plan that aims to reduce costs by £1.5bn. The cuts come after ...

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Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies

Michael Bond, the creator of beloved children’s character Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91. He died at his home on Tuesday following a short illness, a statement from his publisher Harper Collins said. Bond published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, in 1958. The character, a marmalade-loving bear from “deepest, darkest Peru” who comes to live ...

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Arrests in UK over Microsoft scam calls

Four people have been arrested in the UK following an investigation into scams involving calls from fraudsters pretending to be IT support staff. It follows two years of work by City of London Police and Microsoft, who teamed up to tackle the problem. The perpetrators commonly pretend to be phoning on behalf of the US company. The inquiry indicated that ...

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Grenfell Tower fire: More high-rises fail fire safety tests

Cladding from 120 high-rise buildings in 37 local authority areas in England has now failed fire safety tests, the prime minister has said. Theresa May told the Commons it was a 100% failure rate, as all of the samples submitted so far since the Grenfell Tower fire had failed. She urged local authorities and housing associations to “get on with ...

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Portsmouth tower blocks cladding removal 'may take months'

Portsmouth City Council has said it “could take months” to remove cladding from two tower blocks in the city. Horatia House and Leamington House have aluminium composite cladding which has been identified as “high risk”. At an emergency meeting held on Tuesday residents were told the timescale to remove the panels was unclear. Portsmouth Council leader Donna Jones said: “We ...

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Uber to appeal against English tests for drivers

The introduction of a written English language test for private hire drivers has been delayed after Uber won the right to appeal against the plans. Transport for London (TfL) had wanted to revoke licences if drivers had not passed the test by 30 September. Uber lost a High Court battle in March against the policy. But the Court of Appeal ...

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Flights affected by Edinburgh Airport power cut

Flights and terminal services at Edinburgh Airport have been disrupted by a power cut. It is understood the electricity failed just before 09:00. The airport said the power “was now returning” but flights have been disrupted and passengers should expect further delays. The power cut affected the terminal building and the main hall was plunged into darkness with only emergency ...

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