News archive from 23 February 2013

Final snowfall before flood fears

A final fall of heavy snow is set to sweep across the country, including northern England, ahead of flooding fears over the weekend. The worst of the snow will hit Scotland, northern England, the Midlands and the east, where up to seven inches is...

 

Delays hit rush-hour train services

Train travellers in London and East Anglia have endured another difficult morning rush-hour. There were severe delays on two Tube lines as well as hold-ups in and out of a major London station. Those travelling to and from the Victoria area of central...

 

Mayer buys ruby ring for Perry

Katy Perry and John Mayer found themselves at the centre of engagement rumours after the Teenage Dream singer was spotted flashing a new ring. The loved-up couple - who have been dating for several months - were snapped leaving an Italian restaurant...

 

Clegg: no change on economy plans

The Government will "absolutely not change course" in its plans to tackle the deficit, Nick Clegg says. The Deputy Prime Minister said the Government was committed to finding innovative ways of raising funds for capital investment - but...

 

Spate of thefts in Blidworth

POLICE are reminding motorists to remove valuables from their vehicles following a spate of thefts in Blidworth. After more than a year since the last report of this kind in the area, there were four reported thefts in December. Three happened during...

 

Bank set to lower growth forecasts

The Bank of England is expected to downgrade its growth forecasts and warn of more financial pain for households after figures confirmed inflation remained above target last month. Economists predict central bank boss Sir Mervyn King will paint a grim...

 

Fresh snow brings disruption fears

Snow has begun falling in parts of southern England, prompting fears of ice and disruption in the Monday morning rush hour. There was expected to be a covering of up to six cms (2.4ins) in some areas. Paul Mott, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup,...

 

Stock market 'driving up' fuel cost

The plunging pound and stock market speculators are driving up the cost of petrol, according to the AA. After surging 5p a litre over a month, the price of petrol at the pumps has gone up a further 1p in the last five days, it said. The AA said the...

 
Sheffield’s little Lacie-Mia inspires friends

Sheffield’s little Lacie-Mia inspires friends

A "MIRACLE' baby's fight for survival has inspired two schools to unite for a fundraising mission. Little Lacie-Mia Turner had open heart surgery at just four days because her arteries were the wrong way round. She spent the first six weeks of...

 

'High' mortality at five NHS trusts

There were 3,000 more deaths than expected at five NHS trusts, including two in East Anglia, which are under investigation by NHS bosses for having high mortality rates, figures suggest. NHS Commissioning Board medical director Professor Sir Bruce...

 

War And Peace to become BBC TV epic

War And Peace, one of the most widely admired novels of all time, is to be turned into a TV epic by the BBC. Leo Tolstoy's classic book - also one of the lengthiest tales ever written - will be made into a six-part series, adapted by respected writer...

 

Author named Labour poll candidate

Labour has selected author and satirist John O'Farrell as its candidate to fight the Eastleigh by-election. He is the last of the main party candidates to be picked for the contest on February 28, which was triggered when Liberal Democrat ex-Cabinet...

 
West Leeds: Police report recorded crime drop

West Leeds: Police report recorded crime drop

Police in Pudsey have revealed that they have seen a decrease in the number of reported crimes this year. Inspector Marc Adams told members of the Pudsey and Swinnow forum that the neighbourhood policing team has seen 300 less reported crimes on the...

 

Councils warned not to use loophole

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has warned town halls against "cheating" council tax payers by using a loophole to dodge referendums on hikes. The coalition has been urging local authorities to freeze the levy again this year, insisting a...

 

Waitrose pulls burgers from shelves

Upmarket supermarket Waitrose has become the latest retailer to pull beefburgers from its shelves in the horsemeat scare. The company said it had taken frozen burgers made by Dalepak, one of the firms at the centre of the horsemeat contamination...

 


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