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Image copyright EPA Thunderstorms are moving across parts of the UK, after some areas saw the longest stretch of high temperatures since the 1960s. The severe weather caused flash floods in parts of southern England on Thursday, bringing travel disruption. The Met Office has issued yellow thunderstorm warnings for the next five days in much […]

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Image copyright Family handout Image caption Belly Mujinga, 47, died with Covid-19 on 5 April No charges will be brought over the death of a railway worker who was reportedly spat at by a man claiming to have coronavirus, prosecutors say. Belly Mujinga, 47, died with Covid-19 on 5 April, a few weeks after an […]

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Image copyright Met Police Image caption One of the women found in a flat in east London was mother-of-three Mihrican Mustafa A man accused of murdering two women and storing their bodies in a freezer is a registered sex offender who once “married” a 14-year-old girl, a court has heard. Zahid Younis, 35, is accused […]

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Image caption This year’s nominees include (clockwise from top left): Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Kano, Stormzy, Laura Marling, Michael Kiwanuka and Georgia For the first time in its 29-year history, female artists and female-fronted bands have outnumbered men on the shortlist for the Mercury Prize. Among the nominees for album of the year are Charli […]

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Jack Shepherd spent 78 days in custody awaiting extradition from Georgia Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd has had his sentence reduced by almost three months by appeal judges. The 31-year-old is serving a six-year sentence after Charlotte Brown was fatally thrown from his boat on the River Thames in London December […]

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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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