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Two people arrested after girl nine dies from suspected stab wound

Two people have been arrested as part of a murder investigation after a nine-year-old girl died from a suspected stab wound in Boston. Lincolnshire Police said officers were called to the scene in Fountain Lane at around 6.20pm on Thursday. The force said on Friday two people have been arrested following the “isolated incident”, which is being treated as murder. Police are not in a position to name the victim, […]

todayJuly 29, 2022 14


Full time GPs in England at lowest level for five years

The proportion of GPs in England working full-time at local surgeries has fallen to the lowest level since current records began five years ago, figures show.   Nearly a quarter (23%) of qualified permanent GPs worked at least 37.5 hours a week in June 2022, down from almost a third (32%) in June 2017. The number of family doctors working full-time hours or more has dropped in the same period […]

todayJuly 28, 2022 19


Johnson supremely confident Commonwealth Games will leave legacy

Boris Johnson has said he is “supremely confident” there will be a legacy from the £778 million of taxpayers’ money that has gone into the Commonwealth Games, which are being held as the country faces a cost-of-living crisis.   The Games open on Thursday, promising to be the biggest sporting festival in the UK since the London Olympics a decade ago. The event will open in Birmingham with the Prince […]

todayJuly 28, 2022 25


Two hour queues at Dover ahead of extremely busy weekend

Holidaymakers faced two-hour queues at the Port of Dover on Thursday amid warnings that this weekend will be “extremely busy”.   Ferry operator DFDS urged passengers to “allow 120 minutes to complete the check-in process and border controls” at the Kent port. Demand for cross-Channel sailings is expected to surge in the coming days, leading to fears of more disruption. Tens of thousands of families saw the start of their […]

todayJuly 28, 2022 22


Major queues return to Dover

Long delays returned to the Port of Dover on Wednesday morning. Ferry operator P&O Ferries warned passengers of “major queues” and to expect a two-hour wait to complete checks before they can board a ship. It comes after tens of thousands of families saw their holiday plans ruined last week due to miles of gridlocked traffic around the Kent port. This was blamed on a combination of French border control […]

todayJuly 27, 2022 16


Sunak accused of U turn after pledge to cut VAT on energy bills

Rishi Sunak has been accused of making a U-turn on tax after pledging to cut VAT on energy bills if he becomes prime minister. On Tuesday, the former chancellor unveiled a new “winter plan” to tackle inflation and the cost-of-living crisis, which, his campaign team says, stands in contrast to the inflationary £55 billion of fiscal commitments Liz Truss has made. The Tory leadership hopeful plans to remove VAT from […]

todayJuly 27, 2022 15


Travel chaos as thousands of rail workers strike over jobs pay and conditions

Rail passengers were suffering fresh travel chaos on Wednesday when thousands of workers walked out on strike, crippling services across the country. Disputes in the bitter row over jobs, pay, pensions and conditions are worsening, with more strikes in the coming days, and a wave of industrial action planned next month on the railways and London Underground. Only around one in five trains will run on Wednesday, on around half […]

todayJuly 27, 2022 19


Heathrow reduces losses as passenger numbers soar

The west London airport’s adjusted loss before tax during the first six months of the year was £321 million Heathrow Airport said it remains loss-making and does not forecast paying dividends to shareholders this year. The west London airport’s adjusted loss before tax during the first six months of the year was £321 million, down from £787 million during the same period in 2021. It attributed the improvement to a […]

todayJuly 26, 2022 24


Signs of post pandemic DIY slowdown as cost of living bites

That's according to the retailer, Wickes There are fresh signs that people are hanging up their tool belts after months of home improvements during the pandemic, retailer Wickes said on Tuesday. The business said that while sales of its DIY products are still ahead of their pre-pandemic levels, they have dropped from this time last year. There have also been “signs of the market softening” in the last few weeks, […]

todayJuly 26, 2022 16