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Brave Telford pensioner fought off would-be robber, 20

Brave Telford pensioner fought off would-be robber, 20

The would-be robber fled empty handed after being confronted by 71-year-old Alan Jones. Jordan Sheldrake, 20, was given two years custody at a young offenders institution when he appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court. Judge Peter Barrie said that while the

today, 06:21 in Regional West
 
Accountant caused Oscars chaos with wrong envelope

Accountant caused Oscars chaos with wrong envelope

The climax of the Academy Awards fell victim to "human error", leading to La La Land being mistakenly named the winner of the top gong, according to Tim Ryan, US chairman and senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The cream of...

today, 06:21 in Regional West
 
Prisons 'face new wave of industrial action in pay and pensions dispute'

Prisons 'face new wave of industrial action in pay and pensions dispute'

Members of the Prison Officers Association (POA) will withdraw from voluntary duties, including providing first aid and negotiating in hostage situations, from Wednesday, according to the BBC. Manning of the Tornado teams deployed during disorder is also

today, 06:21 in Regional West
 
Judge to deliver conclusions at inquest into deaths of Tunisia attack victims

Judge to deliver conclusions at inquest into deaths of Tunisia attack victims

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith is due to deliver his inquest conclusions over the slaughter of 30 Britons when extremist Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire in Sousse on June 26 2015, shooting 38 people dead. The inquest into the massacre at the five-star Riu Im

today, 05:29 in Regional West
 
Prisoners handed £1m in compensation for parole hearing delays

Prisoners handed £1m in compensation for parole hearing delays

Offenders whose cases are held up can claim payouts under human rights laws - even if they are ultimately kept behind bars. The Parole Board for England and Wales paid £1.1 million in compensation claims to prisoners from April 2011 to March last year as

today, 00:36 in Regional West
 
'Little future' for Ukip with Douglas Carswell in the party, says Nigel Farage

'Little future' for Ukip with Douglas Carswell in the party, says Nigel Farage

The former party leader stepped up his attacks on Douglas Carswell as the row intensified over claims about the Clacton MP's role in blocking an honour for the MEP. Leaked emails show Mr Carswell joked that Mr Farage should be given an OBE "for...

today, 00:36 in Regional West
 
Police chief 'calls for counselling and rehab for lower level paedophiles'

Police chief 'calls for counselling and rehab for lower level paedophiles'

Lower level offenders should be given counselling and rehabilitation and police should focus on the most dangerous paedophiles with access to children and those looking at the most serious images, Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs' Council lead fo

today, 00:36 in Regional West
 
MPs sound warning over mixed results from academy trusts

MPs sound warning over mixed results from academy trusts

The Commons Education Select Committee has raised concerns about the performance and expansion of "multi-academy trusts" (MATs), arguing that while some are producing good results, others are failing to improve and are languishing at the...

today, 00:36 in Regional West
 
Government departments told to find cuts of up to 6% under £3.5bn savings plan

Government departments told to find cuts of up to 6% under £3.5bn savings plan

Savings in local government will be used to help meet pressures in over-stretched social care services, according to the Treasury. NHS and school budgets will remain untouched in the latest round of cost-cutting and the Government will continue to spend

today, 00:36 in Regional West
 
Train held by police after bagel incident

Train held by police after bagel incident

Officers arrived at Potters Bar station in Hertfordshire just after 1am on Sunday after being alerted to passengers fighting and intimidating others. The 00.54am Great Northern service from King's Cross to Huntingdon was held for 18 minutes while the off

today, 00:22 in Regional West
 
Patients dying as hospitals are 'jam-full', says doctors' report

Patients dying as hospitals are 'jam-full', says doctors' report

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said its document shows that doctors are facing " bed shortages, staff shortages and a lack of resources" while working on the NHS frontline. One medic described how patients are dying because hospitals...

today, 00:22 in Regional West
 
More transparency urged in NHS over pay for agency staff

More transparency urged in NHS over pay for agency staff

Over 500 agency staff are raking in at least £150,000 a year, including around 100 who each earn in excess of £200,000, according to NHS Improvement. This means the health service is spending more than £80 million a year on 500 members of staff. NHS Impr

yesterday, 22:16 in Regional West
 
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's sister shares eulogy on social media

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's sister shares eulogy on social media

Santa Montefiore said she hoped her sister was being looked after in Heaven and that she was resting, because she "found life hard and now it is done". Palmer-Tomkinson, 45, died on February 8 from a perforated ulcer. Author Montefiore...

yesterday, 19:42 in Regional West
 

Police force sparks anger with FGM comment

West Midlands Police said in a tweet that education and safeguarding vulnerable girls was its priority in FGM cases, adding that prosecuting or jailing parents was unlikely to benefit youngsters. The comments prompted a furious response from Ukip, with S

yesterday, 17:50 in Regional West
 
Serial offender found guilty of raid on Simon Cowell's home

Serial offender found guilty of raid on Simon Cowell's home

Darren February broke into the five-bed property in the well-to-do area of Holland Park, west London, through a patio door and stole jewellery and two passports. Just 10 days after he burgled the X Factor supremo's home on December 4 2015, February hit 5

yesterday, 17:23 in Regional West
 


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