News archive from 15 February 2019

Praise as Northumbria Police is ranked the best force by national crime survey

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has commended the force for its dedication to the public after a national survey ranked it the best in the country. The reliability of officers was praised by the public, who scored...

 
Mum goes into labour as she celebrates winning £1,000,000 lottery

Mum goes into labour as she celebrates winning £1,000,000 lottery

A mum was celebrating a £1 million lottery win when her waters broke. Natalie Metcalf had found out she’d scooped the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker prize with her partner Andrew Symes on February 1. Ms Metcalf, 37, was already dancing round the...

Metro, 16:06 in Hot News
 

Breaking: Ripon City Plan referendum result revealed

The results of Ripon's City Plan referendum have just been announced here at Ripon leisure centre. The City Plan has been voted through, with 86.85 per cent of those who voted, voting in favour and saying yes (2,292 voters). The elections team...

 
Former deputy tax commissioner Michael Cranston found not guilty

Former deputy tax commissioner Michael Cranston found not guilty

Former Australian Taxation Office deputy commissioner Michael Cranston has been found not guilty of misusing his position to help his son. Cranston, 59, was on trial in the NSW district court after pleading not guilty to using information he obtained...

 
HMP Nottingham prisoners smuggled drugs in Harry Potter book

HMP Nottingham prisoners smuggled drugs in Harry Potter book

Inmates at a prison condemned for high levels of violence and suicide have smuggled drugs in a Harry Potter book. A copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire found in an HMP Nottingham cell tested positive for a psychoactive substance similar to...

BBC, 00:15 in Regional
 

WATCH: Hundreds of historical 'witch marks' discovered in Derbyshire cave in 'significant' discovery

“Just when you think Derbyshire can’t surprise you any more, you find all these weird markings in a cave- and stumble right into a scene from the Blair Witch Project.” It's been a busy day for Paul Baker, director of Creswell Crags- a limestone gorge...

 
FA Cup talking points: 10 things to look out for this weekend

FA Cup talking points: 10 things to look out for this weekend

1) Fixtures and injuries leave Solskjær pensive before trip to Chelsea Manchester United have lost five times to Chelsea in the FA Cup and the last of United’s eight Cup victories over the Blues came almost exactly two decades ago, in the 1999...

Guardian, 00:20 in Sport
 

Quiz of the Week: Who declined to sing at the Grammys?

It's the weekly news quiz - have you been paying attention to what's been going on in the world during the past seven days? Click to see content: qotw_15_02_2019 If you cannot see the quiz, click here. To try last week's quiz, click here. Picture...

BBC, 00:21 in World News
 
Landmark ruling could affect ALL Mersey Gateway fines - all you need to know

Landmark ruling could affect ALL Mersey Gateway fines - all you need to know

A landmark ruling that could affect all Mersey Gateway fines might upset a lot of people. A local Government watchdog has today quashed the possibility of any drivers gaining refunds for their Mersey Gateway journeys  based on the alleged...

 
What are the biggest threats to humanity?

What are the biggest threats to humanity?

Human extinction may be the stuff of nightmares but there are many ways in which it could happen. Popular culture tends to focus on only the most spectacular possibilities: think of the hurtling asteroid of the film Armageddon or the alien invasion of...

BBC, 00:24 in World News
 
Sexual harassment: 'I was terrified to report it'

Sexual harassment: 'I was terrified to report it'

When Neta Meidav was sexually harassed at work aged 22, she felt it was easier to quit her job than report it to human resources. But more than a decade later, the #MeToo movement came along, kicked off by rape and sexual harassment accusations...

 
Why Australia's PM is talking of dark threats and 'evil'

Why Australia's PM is talking of dark threats and 'evil'

Australian politics doesn't really do nuance. If a minister wants to get a message through to the voters, they forget the dog whistle and go straight for the foghorn. That tactic has been firmly in action this week, as the government declares that...

BBC, 00:29 in World News
 
Real-life trolling: When a 'roast' becomes harassment

Real-life trolling: When a 'roast' becomes harassment

The US tradition of a "comedy roast" involves trading insults for laughs. But when people try to recreate them online, they can get it badly wrong and even break laws. Here's how. When a Twitter user going by the name of PlainPotatoess...

BBC, 00:29 in World News
 
Jody Wilson-Raybould: Three ways this could be a problem for Trudeau

Jody Wilson-Raybould: Three ways this could be a problem for Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under pressure following a report last week alleging political interference in a corruption case against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. The Globe and Mail newspaper reported, citing unnamed sources, that...

BBC, 00:30 in World News
 
My Health Record 'minor glitch' still generating thousands of pages of internal files

My Health Record 'minor glitch' still generating thousands of pages of internal files

Thousands of pages of internal documents are still being created about a My Health Record technical glitch that the government said was minor and resolved years ago. But the agency in charge of My Health Record wants to charge $14,000 to release...

 


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