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S. Yorks Police chief suspended over Hillsborough

S. Yorks Police chief suspended over Hillsborough

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor South Yorkshire Police's chief constable David Crompton has been suspended over his response to Hillsborough. Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham said there had been a "27-year cover up" and "those responsible must be held to account". On Tuesday a jury concluded the 96 victims of...

Government plans to part-nationalise UK steel plants

Government plans to part-nationalise UK steel plants

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The Government has announced that it is willing to take up to a quarter of Tata’s UK steel assets and offer hundreds of millions of pounds to help finance their debts if a buyer can be found for the loss making plants. This part-nationalisation was...

Turkish court throws out 275 convictions in Erdogan coup plot

Turkish court throws out 275 convictions in Erdogan coup plot

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The Turkish appeals court has decided to overturn 275 convictions from 2013 involving a military chief in retirement and a host of other senior figures, accused of plotting a coup against his Government. At the time the case was seen as a chance for Erdogan...

Ched Evans rape conviction quashed

Ched Evans rape conviction quashed

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Ched Evans has just had his rape conviction quashed through the Court of Appeal in London, however he faces a new trial. Evans, who played for Wales, was incarcerated in 2012 for raping a woman at a hotel in North Wales. In October 2014 he...

Obama arrives in UK to tell Britain to stay in the EU

Obama arrives in UK to tell Britain to stay in the EU

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The US President Barack Obama has flown into the UK to urge Britain to remain in the EU. The PM, David Cameron, has urged voters to “listen to advice from friends and other countries.” He also said that: “I struggle to find the leader of...

TLE Meets…Dane Bapiste

TLE Meets…Dane Bapiste

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Congratulations on your new BBC3 sit-com, Sunny D. Can you tell us about it? Sunny D is a semi-autobiographical comedy show that tells the story of my life, loves and loathes before I started comedy. The show stars veteran actor, Don Warrington, what was it...

Hundreds of migrants die in the Mediterranean

Hundreds of migrants die in the Mediterranean

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Deeply shocking news has emerged that up to 500 people may have drowned in a failed attempt to enter Europe via the Mediterranean. However, there has been no official confirmation, which may never come. Only 41 survivors were rescued and were moved to another ship,...

“Vote leave” campaign got rickrolled

“Vote leave” campaign got rickrolled

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A Belgian ex-pat called Mario Van Poppel bought the domain to voteleave.co.uk, voteleave.org, voteleave.com and voteleave.net and redirected them all to Rick Astley’s huge 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up. Visit any of these domains and you will hear the lyrics and see the...

6 quotes from Tory MPs putting boot into Osborne yesterday

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The split between pro and anti-EU Tory MPs widened even further yesterday, after the Treasury claimed that a Brexit would lower GDP by 6.2 per cent by 2030, due to reduced investment from the EU and higher trade barriers. Here are 6 MPs who didn’t...

VIDEO – DSEI arms fair linked to illegal weapon sales

VIDEO – DSEI arms fair linked to illegal weapon sales

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor There is “credible” evidence of illegal weapon sales at the DSEI arms fair. The House of Commons Committee on Arms Export Control, plan to look into allegations that a judge said had not been “appropriately investigated by the authorities”. This news comes after the acquittal of...

WATCH – Yobs at Tyne and Wear Metro Station

WATCH – Yobs at Tyne and Wear Metro Station

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A video has emerged of a youth aggressively threatening a passenger on the Tyne and Wear Metro. The footage, taken over the weekend, shows him losing it with a passenger. The two-minute exchange was filmed by a fellow passenger. The man filming believes the two...

LISTEN – Osborne attacks ‘dishonest’ Tory Brexit rivals

LISTEN – Osborne attacks ‘dishonest’ Tory Brexit rivals

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor George Osborne laid into Boris Johnson during BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He called his Tory rivals “dishonest” and “economically illiterate,” over their Leave campaign. He said: “What's not honest and what's economically illiterate is to say we can have all the economic benefits of...

UK economy ‘could be 6% smaller’ after Brexit

UK economy ‘could be 6% smaller’ after Brexit

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The Treasury has claimed that the national income of Britain could be six per cent smaller by 2030, if we “Brexit.” The report, which runs at 200 pages, concludes that the cut in Britain’s GDP would be around £4,300 per year for each household. They...

Cyber threat warning to world energy

Cyber threat warning to world energy

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The World Energy Council has said that the UK is at severe risk of a cyber attack against its energy infrastructure. Christopher Frei, director general at the World Energy Council, said the UK was one of several countries facing a growing threat. He said: “In...

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Disposable income growth worst in London

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor New research has revealed that London has half of the ten worst performing areas for an increase in disposable income. Over the last five years Londoners have been squeezed by rising housing costs and also lower bonuses for those in the financial services industry, which...

Worrying spread of drug-resistant ‘super-gonorrhoea’ across UK

Worrying spread of drug-resistant ‘super-gonorrhoea’ across UK

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Health experts have reported that a “super-gonorrhea” STI is quickly spreading across Britain and it is highly drug-resistant. This has led to senior medics warning that is will soon become untreatable. This robust STI was first found in the North of England, but it has...

List of 300 Tory MPs who blocked inquiry into Panama Scandal

List of 300 Tory MPs who blocked inquiry into Panama Scandal

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Last week there was a vote in the House of Commons for a public inquiry into the Panama scandal. The leak has brought the world's attention to shady tax havens and how people squirrel their money away. The people of the UK probably want answers,...

VIDEO – Canadian PM explains quantum computing, could Cameron?

VIDEO – Canadian PM explains quantum computing, could Cameron?

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor When a journalist half-asked Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to explain quantum computing, he probably didn’t expect an answer. However, he was surprised when the young left-wing PM gave clear and concise answer to the question, during a press conference at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical...

Headteacher’s resignation letter due to Tory academy plans

Headteacher’s resignation letter due to Tory academy plans

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A dedicated headteacher has quit in protest at Tory plans to force schools to become academies. Pupils and parents at the County Durham School are reportedly “heartbroken” that Jeremy Gargan has left his role. He wrote a scathing letter about the Conservative Government’s plans to...

And the winner is…Boaty McBoatface

And the winner is…Boaty McBoatface

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The battle to win the name of the new polar research vessel has been won by Boaty McBoatface. Many people will be overjoyed with this news, but NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) boss has final say on the mater and there are concerns about the burden...

Nearly 10 MILLION meals handed out by food banks in one year

Nearly 10 MILLION meals handed out by food banks in one year

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor There were ten million meals given out to broke Brits last year, and almost four million of those went to feed hungry kids. The Trussell Trust shared out more than 1.1million three-day food provisions, with over four hundred thousand going to children. The food bank...

House of Lords speaker splurged £4k of YOUR cash on flowers

House of Lords speaker splurged £4k of YOUR cash on flowers

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor More lavish spending from our peers has been revealed as Baroness D’Souza squandered £30k entertaining overseas diplomats. Of that huge chunk of money, £4k was wasted on flowers to make her office look and smell nice. She used £6k of taxpayers’ money to put a...

Worrying number of pupils starting school underweight

Worrying number of pupils starting school underweight

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A shocking number of children in England began school underweight in the previous year according to figures reported MPs. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger said the increasing numbers of children do not get the right amount to eat. The group said: "For a...

Merkel allows criminal inquiry into comic’s Erdogan insult

Merkel allows criminal inquiry into comic’s Erdogan insult

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor German Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to a criminal inquiry into a German comic who poked fun at the Turkish President. It is a move that will trouble many people across the world who believe in free speech. The comedian Jan Böhmermann read out a...

Labour warns schools facing a £7.5bn budget shortfall

Labour warns schools facing a £7.5bn budget shortfall

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor By 2020 schools could be looking at a £7.5billion budget shortfall by 2020, the Labour party has announced. The black hole in education finances could lead to large scale redundancies and could mean class sizes could increase. The news has come as analysts have said...

Have they finally found the Loch Ness Monster?

Have they finally found the Loch Ness Monster?

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor After decades of looking for the Loch Ness Monster, a research team came across this shape on their radar. Had they found the most famous and most illusive creature on the planet? Well, no, they haven’t. It turns out the shape was in fact a...

‘Huge rise’ in child suicide bombers by Boko Haram

‘Huge rise’ in child suicide bombers by Boko Haram

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The use of child bombers has increased hugely over the last twelve months, by militant group Boko Haram. Now one in five suicide attacks are now carried out by children, according to the UN’s child agency. This news will sicken people across the world. Girls,...

Women given TENTS when released from UK prison

Women given TENTS when released from UK prison

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Shocking news has emerged that two women who were leaving HMP Bronzefield were handed tents and other had been handed sleeping bags, due to a lack of housing. The prison, in West London, decided that the best they could do is hand the women sleeping...

Huge wait for Ambulances after privatisation

Huge wait for Ambulances after privatisation

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Putting ambulance services into the private sector has descended into a “total shambles,” it has been revealed. An investigation by the NHS is going to be launched into a £63.5 million four year contract after patients have been left waiting for hours for their ambulance...

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