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Short Strand explosion believed to be a pipe bomb

Image copyright Alan Lewis Image caption Police remove the remnants of a device from Clandeboye Drive A device that exploded in the Short Strand area of east Belfast is believed to have been a pipe…

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Fewer short sentences would cut prison population, minister says

Image copyright Getty Images There needs to be a “massive reduction” in the number of people sent to prison for 12 months or less, ministers say. Prisons minister Rory Stewart said short sentences made offenders…


Migrant rules ‘leaving NHS short of doctors’

Image copyright PA Immigration rules are hampering the ability of the NHS to recruit doctors, health leaders are warning. The number of skilled non-EU workers granted UK visas is capped – with the Home Office…


Growth in short-term-let market raises fire concerns

Image copyright Getty Images/emzet70 Image caption Fire chiefs say many short-term lets are “essentially operating as a bed and breakfast or hotel” The growth of home-sharing rental properties is causing fire safety concerns, the National…


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