Category: <span>General</span>

Omicron: Face masks must be worn again in secondary schools and colleges, government says
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Omicron: Face masks must be worn again in secondary schools and colleges, government says

Face masks should be worn in communal areas in England’s schools and colleges as part of efforts to slow the spread of the omicron Covid variant, the government has said. Pupils in year 7 and above, plus staff and visitors, are being “strongly advised” to wear a face covering under the “temporary and precautionary” measure, which will take...

Grooming gang victims must not have futures ruined by convictions resulting from abuse, watchdog says
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Grooming gang victims must not have futures ruined by convictions resulting from abuse, watchdog says

The law should be changed to stop the “future prospects” of grooming gang victims being tarnished by crimes committed because of the abuse suffered, a watchdog has suggested. A probe into the police response to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham said many survivors “now have criminal records as a result of their actions when they were being exploited”. The Independent...

Emad al-Swealmeen: Liverpool bomber who died in taxi explosion named
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Emad al-Swealmeen: Liverpool bomber who died in taxi explosion named

Police have named the failed bomber who died in the Liverpool Women’s Hospital explosion. Detectives said they strongly believe the taxi passenger who was carrying the device was Emad al-Swealmeen. The 32-year-old is thought to have lived in a house in Sutcliffe Street where several other men have been arrested. He recently rented a different property, in...

Thousands of payphones could be protected under new rules
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Thousands of payphones could be protected under new rules

Phone companies could be forced to maintain thousands more phone boxes under new plans by Ofcom. The regulator has proposed stronger rules to safeguard the iconic red boxes and estimates a further 5,000 could be saved from being removed or decommissioned. If Ofcom’s new criteria are adopted, it would mean BT – and in Hull, KCOM, which operates the city’s own...

Salisbury train crash: Investigation team ‘almost certain’ of cause
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Salisbury train crash: Investigation team ‘almost certain’ of cause

One of the trains in the Salisbury crash was unable to stop at a red light because it was “almost certainly” affected by “low adhesion between the wheels and the track”, officials have said. Two trains from the Great Western and South Western railway services collided on Sunday evening leaving a train driver with “life-changing”...

Police ‘feel more let down than anybody’ by Sarah Everard case, says minister
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Police ‘feel more let down than anybody’ by Sarah Everard case, says minister

The police feel “more let down than anybody” about the murder of Sarah Everard, Home Office minister Damian Hinds has said. Speaking to Times Radio, he said: “I think everybody is shaken by this terrible case. It is also really important to take a moment once again to pay tribute to all the men and women who serve in our policing service...

Wales’ MPs could be cut by eight as major changes published
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Wales’ MPs could be cut by eight as major changes published

Wales could lose eight of its 40 MPs under major proposals to change the country’s Westminster constituencies. Arfon, which covers part of Gwynedd, could go and the number of north-east Wales MPs could drop from six to four. Welsh Secretary Simon Hart could face a battle for his seat as Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire...

Boris Johnson demands Taliban guarantee of safe passage for people fleeing Afghanistan after 31 August pullout of US troops
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Boris Johnson demands Taliban guarantee of safe passage for people fleeing Afghanistan after 31 August pullout of US troops

Boris Johnson demanded a guarantee from the Taliban of safe passage for those wanting to leave Afghanistan, after US president Joe Biden resisted pressure at a virtual G7 summit to extend the deadline for the withdrawal of American troops beyond 31 August. The prime minister was speaking shortly after chairing a virtual summit of the G7 at which he and allies including Emmanuel...

Ministers accused of putting staff at risk by not wearing masks in Commons
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Ministers accused of putting staff at risk by not wearing masks in Commons

Cabinet ministers have been accused of undermining Covid advice and putting MPs’ and parliamentary staff’s safety at risk by declining to wear masks, as they packed the Commons chamber full to debate Afghanistan’s takeover by the Taliban. Just two government frontbenchers chose to wear a face covering when parliament was recalled on Wednesday – the...