No-deal Brexit warning for UK drivers

UK drivers living in the EU urged to get new licence How will Brexit affect my holidays to Europe? It means Green Cards would be required under EU regulations as proof of insurance if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal deal. The documents are supplied by insurers and anyone who drives without one may be breaking the law. Meanwhile the government is still pressing for the European Commission to give the Green Card-waiver a green light. A spokesperson from the Department for Transport said: “The UK meets all requirements to remain a part of the Green Card-free circulation zone when we leave the EU, and we urge the Commission to issue a decision which would ensure UK motorists …

Inflation at lowest in nearly two years

Inflation is being outstripped by average UK pay growth, with the most recent available figures showing that wages excluding bonuses were up by 3.3% for the three months to October 2018. Analysis: Andy Verity, BBC economics correspondent The price of petrol fell by 6.4p per litre on the month to 121.7p, which was the lowest price since April 2018. Diesel fell by 4.6p to 131.9p per litre, the weakest since July 2018. These downward effects were offset by upward contributions from a variety of categories, including accommodation services and, to a lesser extent, mobile phone charges, games, toys, hobbies and food. Raw materials Inflation peaked at a five-year high of 3.1% in November 2017, but is now at its lowest …

Banksy owner ‘should cut it down’

Image caption Banksy wrote a letter to Dennis Stinchcombe in 2014 saying he could sell the work He credits Mobile Lovers with saving the Broad Plain Boys’ Club: “We were 120 years old and needed about £120,000 to keep the club going… “I had one or two offers of £1m. I also had a couple of death threats because I’d taken it down off the wall… [people claimed] I’d stolen it. “In the end the police came down and took it to the police station and locked it in a police cell overnight. “The Bristol museum then agreed to accept it and exhibit it until ownership was sorted out.” Banksy sale raises £400k for club Banksy confirms new ‘snow’ artwork …

Man who tried to pay for sex loses appeal

He drove off but then returned a few minutes later and repeated the same gesture. ‘Scared and ashamed’ The judge at his trial in July last year said that because of his predatory, sexualised stalking of a woman, heartlessly putting the victim through a court hearing and showing no regrets or remorse, an immediate sentence of three months’ imprisonment was appropriate. An appeal was heard at Omagh County Court in October 2018, during which the victim was compelled to give evidence for a second time. She said she felt scared and ashamed at what had happened. She also said: “I was quite surprised as well. He is quite a handsome man.” The judge rejected the defence argument at the appeal …

Jayden Moodie murder police find car

The car was found a few hundred metres away, and has remained at that site for forensic examination. Det Ch Insp Chris Soole, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, which is leading the investigation, said: “We are treating the recovery of the car as a significant development in our enquiries, which are still very much in their early stages. “Jayden’s family are being fully supported and kept updated by our team. “This is a truly heartbreaking time for them and we are doing everything we can to find out who was responsible for Jayden’s death.” Moped crash boy, 14, stabbed to death Jayden, who police said lived in the area with his mother, is believed to be the youngest …

Sainsbury’s sees Christmas sales fall

“Sales declined in the quarter due to cautious customer spending and our decision to reduce promotional activity across Black Friday. Clothing performed well, with strong full-price sales growth in a tough market.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionShoppers in Nottingham reveal whether they spent more or less this Christmas He said shoppers also cut back on their spending on food over Christmas, with slower sales growth for the premium Taste the Difference range. However, the supermarket giant said in the 15 weeks to 9 January, grocery sales grew by 0.4%, with groceries online and in convenience stores up by 6% and 3%. Sainsbury’s shares were ahead by 2.18% in midday trading in London. She said Sainsbury’s had …

HSBC sparks controversy with ad campaign

Image Copyright @MSthecopywriter @MSthecopywriter Bob Seely, MP for the Isle of Wight, took up the subject on Twitter, asking whether Brexit could mean “higher standards for banking”. Image Copyright @IoWBobSeely @IoWBobSeely The mixed response has included praise of the adverts, with some calling it “brave”. Image Copyright @KatEmam3 @KatEmam3 An HSBC UK spokesperson said: “With the ‘We are not an island’ poster we are reinforcing our strong belief that the things that make us quintessentially British are the things that make us inescapably international.” The advertising industry magazine Campaign has published images of the design of regional variations of the design. Versions have appeared in Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and London. They feature references to the Otley Run in Leeds, and …

Greedy cat ‘tricks’ shoppers to get food

“She tricks everyone into feeling sorry for her,” said Ms Blower. “When we go and see her at the Co-op she’s the nicest cat ever, but as soon as we get her home she’s just vile. “I think it’s because we’ve tried to lock her in so many times.” Skip Twitter post by @GedlingLeader What a great day I have had delivering leaflets In Netherfield today. I even had time to stroke and fuss the Netherfield CO-OP cat. Finished the day meeting Syrian Refugees who have been displaced by war. We must try to help people who have been displaced by war. pic.twitter.com/HdyEKixwrj — John Clarke (@GedlingLeader) September 25, 2018 Minnie’s home is about a one-minute walk from the shop, …

Lover ‘killed in conservatory urine row’

“The defendant says what happened was an accident, but the knife went through skin and muscle, under the sixth rib and into the left ventricle of the heart,” he said. A post-mortem examination found Mr Evans had died from an “almost vertical” knife wound. Related Topics Dunstable Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Six things to look out for in health in 2019

The NHS celebrated its 70th anniversary with tea parties, special church services and a “bumper” funding rise. But while those celebrations may be remembered fondly by those working in the health service as 2018 comes to an end, the storm clouds are gathering as the new year approaches. What does 2019 hold for the NHS and wider health agenda? The man with the plan As well as having shiny new announcements – including a new cancer strategy – the government is understood to want a commitment from the NHS to start hitting its waiting-time targets again. The key ones for cancer, A&E and routine operations are all being missed. It means the plan is likely to be released in two …

Manchester stabbings suspect detained

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionManchester stabbing: Police restrain suspect A terror suspect arrested over a “frenzied” knife attack on three people in Manchester has been detained under mental health laws. The 25-year-old is being held on suspicion of attempted murder after the stabbings on New Year’s Eve at the city’s Victoria railway station. Police said there was nothing to suggest others were involved. Officers have been praised for their “fearless” response in containing the attacker with pepper spray and Tasers. In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said the suspect had been assessed by specialist staff and detained under the Mental Health Act. Image caption Police raided a house in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester The …

Anti-drone equipment for airports

Military leaves Gatwick after drone chaos How can a drone cause so much chaos? The military was brought in by the government and was only stood down on Wednesday this week. The Ministry of Defence said personnel from the Royal Air Force Regiment were involved in the deployment. Last year it was reported that the MoD had ordered the Drone Dome system developed by Israeli company Rafael. The system has a range of several miles and uses four radars to give 360-degree detection to identify and track drones. However, it is understood the MoD is still waiting to receive the system and alternative technology was in use at Gatwick.

Murder probe after three die in fire

The murder investigation is being conducted by officers from the East Midlands Specialist Operations Unit, which has appealed for witnesses to come forward. More news from across Lincolnshire Supt Di Coulson said: “We are still trying to piece together what happened.” She said there had been a relationship between two of the parties involved and “the incident we believe is as a result of an issue with that relationship”. “We are in contact with the families and will ensure that this is a thorough investigation as we try to understand what happened.”

Fireworks light up sky as UK ushers in 2019

New Year 2019 celebrations in pictures Why do we celebrate New Year on 1 January? In central London, the soundtrack to the midnight show, which celebrated the capital’s links with Europe, featured musical artists from the continent. We Are Your Friends, Stay and Don’t Leave Me Alone were some of the songs played during the 11-minute soundtrack. “London is open” was spoken around two minutes into the display in Spanish, Polish, French, Romanian, German, Italian and then in English by the capital’s mayor. Image copyright PA Image caption About 70,000 fireworks were set off from three barges and the London Eye BBC One’s New Year’s Eve concert at Central Hall Westminster – either side of the fireworks – featured ska-pop …