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Watch – Police raid a Birmingham flat linked to Westminster attack

The man believed to be responsible for yesterday’s terror atrocity in Westminster has been named as Khalid Masood. A statement from the Met Police said the 52-year-old was born in Kent but had most recently been living in Birmingham. Police raided a flat on the Hagley Road in Birmingham city centre and another on Quayside in Winson Green where it is understood he had lived. Masood is believed to have worked as an English teacher and to also have been...

Watch – Just 15cm snow in Yorkshire yesterday caused traffic chaos

Just 15cm of snow has caused traffic chaos across the North of Britain - which has seen a HGV sliding SIDEWAYS down the road. A blue VW Touran was snapped being forced to drive around a HGV vehicle which had slid across the snowy rural road at a 90 degree angle and blocked the road. Another motorist was forced to dig out the road himself with a bright red shovel so he could drive through the perilous terrain near Hawes...

Watch – Eyewitness account of London terror attack

Yesterday a man went on a murderous rampage through the streets of London in a car, killing three people and injuring many others, some remain in critical condition, and the death toll could rise. A police officer, PC Palmer, was stabbed to death, and another woman jumped into the Thames to avoid the vehicle. John Bercow, the Speaker, even closed Parliament, and kept MPs' inside the building for hours until the terror threat subsided. Mrs May paid tribute to PC...

UK airlines will be forced to move to continue flying routes within Europe

UK airlines may be forced to relocate their headquarters and sell off shares to EU nationals if they want to continue flying routes within continental Europe, the Guardian has revealed. Prominent 'Remain' campaigner Michael O'Leary warned that flights between the UK and Europe might be significantly affected if the government opts for a hard divorce, which looks to be the likely course based on recent revelations. Executives from easyJet along with the British Airways owner IAG, Ryanair and the Tui Group...

Watch – British vigilante’s electronic diary from fighting IS in Syria over 6 months

A British freedom fighter has documented his bloody stint spent fighting so-called Islamic State in a photo diary. University student Josh Walker, 26, wanted to fight for “a better world” so lied to his parents to fly over to the Middle East and join up with The People's Protection Units better known as YPG. His primary role was to translate and help other volunteers integrate into the militia forces, made up of Kurdish, Arabs, Western volunteers and the Syriac Military...

PMQs 22nd March – The upper classes educating the masses

Education is always a sore point with politicians; so many of them (on all sides to be fair) are privately/grammar/Oxbridge educated. Most of us mere serfs are not, and that only adds to the detachment from our elected members. During today's PMQs Corbyn laid into May for cutting funding to schoolchildren, as ever May said they were actually spending more. Hard to know for sure, but the IFS are pretty certain the Tories have delivered the largest cut in education...

Hardest hit schools facing financial cliff edge as £1 billion set aside for grammars

Britain's hardest hit schools are facing a financial cliff edge despite the Prime Minister being able to find £1 billion for her pet grammar schools scheme. The government’s ‘flawed’ new funding formula will see the hardest hit schools facing a “financial cliff edge” in 2020, according to a new study. A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) suggests 1,000 schools will be forced to take a massive hit of seven per cent per pupil when ‘transitional protections’ run out....

Waitrose sparks Coffeegate – and you can hardly blame them

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but in Brexit Britain there may not even be such a thing as a free mug of tea following Waitrose's announcement that it has "refined" its complementary offer. As things stand punters simply have to be in possession of a My Waitrose card in order to claim a free hot beverage every day, but from April 3rd customers will only get the drink after they have paid for their shopping. It has...

Technology will be the death of customer service

Customer service will become a thing of the past by 2020 after new data revealed that 85 per cent of customer engagement interactions will be managed without people. Talking at the Systems in the City Conference (SITCC) held at the London Stock Exchange, Microsoft's Richard Peers suggested that "automated intelligence" will overtake people allowing firms to "engage with customers in a natural way, conversationally and in context". Hmmm....  I wonder how many mobile phones have been destroyed because of automated call centres?...

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