News archive from 10 December 2014, page 3

Arrest over alleged plot ‘to kill police officer’

Arrest over alleged plot ‘to kill police officer’

West Midlands Police last night revealed that a 31-year-old man had been arrested in connection with alleged threats made to their officers and staff. A force spokesperson said the man was arrested at a property in the West Midlands by officers from...

Scotsman, 00:34 in Hot News
 
Inseparable romantics for 85 years: Get ready for the most heartwarming story you'll read this year

Inseparable romantics for 85 years: Get ready for the most heartwarming story you'll read this year

WHEN childhood sweethearts James and Mina Lownie tied the knot, World War II had just broken out. The couple met as eight-year-olds four years before Adolf Hitler had even risen to power in Germany. Now aged 93 and 92, the Lownies – who have never...

 

Green measures add £100 to bills

Carbon-cutting measures such as insulating homes and boosting clean electricity added around £100 to household energy bills last year. The Government's climate advisers said £55 of the average £1,140 energy bill went towards installing efficiency...

 
KFC owner Yum Brands suffers from slow sales in China

KFC owner Yum Brands suffers from slow sales in China

The owner of KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants, Yum Brands, has once again slashed its profit forecast for the year, due to slower sales in China. The US company said its full year profit growth would be in the "mid-single-digit" percentage,...

BBC, 00:36 in Business
 
Final bid to solve mystery: Maddie cops grill dreadlock rapist

Final bid to solve mystery: Maddie cops grill dreadlock rapist

They quizzed dreadlocked Joaquim Jose Marques for more than six hours. It was the third time he had been questioned about claims he abducted three-year-old Madeleine from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal seven years ago. Operation Grange...

 
Ukip to snatch two million Tory votes: 1 in 5 will defect

Ukip to snatch two million Tory votes: 1 in 5 will defect

A shock study found one in five Conservative voters will defect to Nigel Farage's party next May in a major blow to Prime Minister David Cameron. The British Election Study claimed the anti-Europe party will be far more dangerous to the Tories than to...

 
Kidnap gang cut off victim's finger and sent it to family

Kidnap gang cut off victim's finger and sent it to family

A SADISTIC torture gang chopped off a kidnap victim's finger and sent it to his family in a bid to pocket a £60,000 ransom. The mob threatened Damien Lowe would lose another digit every hour his relatives failed to pay the cash. Mr Lowe, 26, was...

 
Dr Fox: 'I strenuously deny sex claims'

Dr Fox: 'I strenuously deny sex claims'

The former Pop Idol judge, 53, spoke out hours after he was arrested for allegedly attacking three women to blast the fresh claims. Neil, known as Dr Fox, said: “I'm obviously extremely upset about these allegations. I strenuously deny these...

 
Top Brit athlete in doping cover-up

Top Brit athlete in doping cover-up

The star is reportedly on a chart of 150 athletes from around the world who had suspicious blood results that were covered up. The claim was made in the third part of a German documentary that has exposed serial drug cheating in Russia. It has...

 
Lapping it up: Children battling life-threatening illnesses go on adventure to Lapland

Lapping it up: Children battling life-threatening illnesses go on adventure to Lapland

It's a heart-warming scene, especially as they are all battling life-threatening illnesses this Christmas. But thanks to kind donations from the public, they've been able to swap hospital wards for Santa Claus and go on a magical adventure to...

 

Child custody 'getting worse'

Children in custody have painted a bleak picture of the youth prison estate after an annual inspection revealed a "deterioration" in the vast majority of responses to a far-reaching survey. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons said 39...

 

Kate moved by 9/11 memorial visit

The Duchess of Cambridge has told how she was left moved after visiting the memorial to victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Kate and husband William were touched by their tour of the former World Trade Centre twin towers site, now...

 

Bird publishes personal messages

A senior Ukip official suspended over claims over sexual harassment has published a file of personal messages which he says show he was in a relationship with the high-profile election candidate concerned. General secretary Roger Bird insisted he was...

 

MPs attack use of private firms

The Government has become over-reliant on a small number of "quasi-monopoly" private sector contractors for the provision of a vast swathe of public services, MPs have warned. The Commons Public Accounts Committee said the fact that...

 

More pupils at 'inadequate' schools

Tens of thousands more teenagers are now attending failing state secondary schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw is warning, raising concerns that standards are stagnating. The proportion of secondaries rated as inadequate has risen in the last 12 months, with...

 


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