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Sean Maitland played for Scotland at the past two World Cups Scotland winger Sean Maitland has signed a new two-year contract with Saracens. The 31-year-old has scored 29 tries in 73 appearances since joining from London Irish in 2016. New Zealand-born Maitland scored tries for Sarries in both their Champions Cup and Premiership final wins […]

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s Tom Symonds is shown how a customised Android phone with EncroChat installed works A top-secret communications system used by criminals to trade drugs and guns has been “successfully penetrated”, says the National Crime Agency. The NCA worked with forces across Europe on the UK’s “biggest […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Leeds City Council said the government needed to step in and help stabilise local authority finances Some of the largest UK councils say they may have to declare themselves effectively bankrupt unless the government agrees to further support. Nearly 150 authorities have forecast a combined budget shortfall of at […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces’ Sweetheart whose songs helped raise morale in World War Two, has died aged 103. The singer was best known for performing hits such as We’ll Meet Again to troops on the front line in countries including India and Egypt. Her family said they were “deeply saddened […]

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Image copyright Getty Images England’s lockdown restrictions are easing, with changes aimed at reducing loneliness among people who live alone. Each of the four UK nations has different rules. So what can you do now? What is a support bubble? From Saturday, in England, single adults living alone – or single parents with children under […]

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Image copyright @DRNimages1 Image caption Officers were called to Energen Close in Harlesden A young child was among four people hurt in a shooting in north London, police have said. Shots were fired in Energen Close, Harlesden, at about 21:45 BST, Scotland Yard said. The child and a man were taken to hospital with gunshot […]

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Elliott Bennett joined Blackburn from Norwich City in January 2016 Blackburn captain Elliott Bennett and two unnamed Fulham players have tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing in the Championship. Rovers said midfielder Bennett, 31, was “asymptomatic and feeling no ill effects”. Across Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 1,030 players and staff were […]

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Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Boris Johnson with Jennifer Arcuri at an event in 2014 Boris Johnson will not face a criminal investigation into his dealings with US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri when he was Mayor of London, it is understood. The Independent Office for Police Conduct is due to publish its findings at midday after […]

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Image copyright Louise Wigginton Image caption The 29-year-old said she does not get to see her daughter often, but when she does she is physically and mentally exhausted As lockdown begins to ease and unlimited exercise is allowed in England, a nurse has pleaded with people to adhere strictly to social distancing rules. Louise Wigginton, […]

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Image copyright Thomas Angus, Imperial College London Image caption A team of researchers designed the JamVent ventilator in three days A team of engineers and medical experts have revealed their designs for a “low-cost” ventilator. The JamVent prototype was built in response to the government’s appeal for the devices to tackle coronavirus. Its creators from […]

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