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Increased fines for ‘litter louts’ come into effect

Image caption Some councils in England have already agreed increased fines for littering People dropping litter, including from vehicles, face increased on-the-spot fines of up to £150 as new penalties come into effect. Councils across…

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Labour Party ‘not connected’ to abusive anti-Jewish messages

Image copyright PA Labour has sought to distance itself from a series of pro-Jeremy Corbyn Facebook groups that feature anti-Semitic, racist and abusive comments. A report published in the Sunday Times claims to have uncovered…


Top donor quits Labour over anti-Semitism row

One of Labour’s biggest private donors has left the party, saying he no longer feels “any affinity or connection” with it. Sir David Garrard accused the party leadership of failing in its response to the…


The country where the British are blamed for everything

Image caption Auliya Atrafi Conspiracy theories flourish all over the world but in some countries they appear to be more popular than in others. And in Afghanistan, says the BBC’s Auliya Atrafi, they often feature…



Paralysed man to walk London Marathon wearing exoskeleton suit

A paralysed man is hoping to become the first paraplegic male to walk the London Marathon. Simon Kindleysides, 34, from Norwich, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013 which left him paralysed from the…


Banned animal items seen inside Heathrow Airport’s ‘dead shed’

“My dad’s got a bear’s head in this box”. The number of UK Border Force illegal wildlife seizures was 1,376 in 2017. That’s up from 174 in 2011. Border Force Senior Officer Grant shows us…


Royal wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle choose flowers

Image copyright PA Image caption Philippa Craddock, a self-taught London-based florist, will create the wedding floral displays Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves for their wedding day. London-based…


RAF turns 100: A century of guarding Britain’s skies

The Royal Air Force turns 100 today and will celebrate the centenary with a church service in London. Senior figures and veterans from the RAF will attend the Founders’ Day Service at the Church of…


Special needs cash shortfall ‘leaves thousands of pupils unplaced’

Image copyright Getty Images A shortage of special needs funding means growing numbers of children are being left without suitable school places, a teachers’ leader has warned. National Education Union leader Kevin Courtney said official…


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