News archive from 28 December 2018

Calls for dog walkers and cemetery visitors to show dignity and respect after damage caused to fences

Calls for dog walkers and cemetery visitors to show dignity and respect after damage caused to fences

Council officials are counting the cost of criminal damage to the perimeter fence at Scartho cemetery as a crackdown on dog fouling at the site is also being launched. While hundreds of families showed love and respect for loved ones buried at the...

 

What Chorley's social housing tenants really think about their homes

0 Have your say Chorley councillor Matthew Lynch knows from personal experience that the service offered by social landlords is not always perfect. He once walked into his bathroom and left, several minutes later, not by the door - but through the...

 
How to be more environmentally friendly in 2019

How to be more environmentally friendly in 2019

Instead of eating less, giving up smoking or cutting down on the wine why don’t you try and save the planet in 2019? Here are ten easy ways to make going greener your New Year’s resolution. And none of them will break the bank or radically change the...

Metro, 00:10 in Hot News
 

Celtic come out on top over Rangers as pundits choose best Old Firm XI

Ahead of the Old Firm clash at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon former players picked their Celtic and Rangers combined XI. • READ MORE: Rangers star Alfredo Morelos expects January bids - and dreams of EPL move BT Sport and BBC pundit Michael Stewart was...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Hot News
 

Rangers star Alfredo Morelos expects January bids - and dreams of EPL move

Alfredo Morelos has dropped an Old Firm bombshell by revealing he expects Rangers to have offers to sell him next month and insisting his dream is to play in England. READ MORE - Steven Gerrard urges Rangers to ‘pull themselves together’ for Old Firm...

Scotsman, 00:10 in Hot News
 

The Skripals and the Salisbury poisoning: What happened next?

Throughout this week, we have been looking back at some of the BBC website's most-read stories of the year and asking: what happened after the news moved on? It was just a tiny bottle of liquid, but the use of Novichok, a substance from the past...

BBC, 00:12 in World News
 
Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

1) Another Sarri snub could force Loftus-Cheek’s hand Maurizio Sarri started the festive period by publicly guaranteeing that Ruben Loftus-Cheek would get some significant first-team action before the new year festivities die down. “We have to play...

Guardian, 00:13 in Sport
 
John Major took dim view of Murdoch's papers, archives show

John Major took dim view of Murdoch's papers, archives show

Michael Howard refused to “catch a diplomatic chill” as home secretary so he could avoid a dinner with Rupert Murdoch that John Major had urged his cabinet to swerve, papers reveal. The “jamboree” was to launch new BSkyB channels, but at the time,...

 
John Major's cabinet considered holding EU vote, papers reveal

John Major's cabinet considered holding EU vote, papers reveal

John Major’s ministers considered holding a referendum about the European Union in 1994 but could not decide what the question would be, official cabinet records reveal. Faced with mounting Eurosceptic pressure, the then prime minister manoeuvred to...

 
Newly declassified files show Thatcher's gloom over Irish border

Newly declassified files show Thatcher's gloom over Irish border

Margaret Thatcher admitted she was sending young boys “to their deaths” as she descended into despondency over what to do about the border in Ireland during one of the darkest periods of her premiership, newly-declassified files in Dublin reveal....

 
How rising populism could shake up European elections

How rising populism could shake up European elections

It is the biggest electoral contest in Europe, but frequently leaves many voters indifferent. Turnout in European parliament elections has been declining ever since the first votes in 1979. Could this time be different? The next European elections...

 

Edinburgh’s ‘rampant’ Airbnb growth slammed by critics

Edinburgh’s “rampant” Airbnb issues have escalated, with the number of entire houses or flats now available to let in the city rocketing from 5,474 to 7,366 in the past 12 months. The figures come as the capital gears up for an influx of visitors...

Scotsman, 00:18 in Politics
 
UK hit by 57 energy price rises in 2018 as cap looms

UK hit by 57 energy price rises in 2018 as cap looms

This year has proved the worst ever for the number of price rises energy suppliers have inflicted on consumers. Energy firms announced a total of 57 price increases in 2018 compared with 15 last year, according to new analysis. Some of the challenger...

Guardian, 00:20 in Business
 
Maidstone murder charge after woman found dead

Maidstone murder charge after woman found dead

A man has been charged with the murder of a 19-year-old woman who was found dead on Christmas Day. Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service were called to an address in Maidstone at about 13:18 GMT. Mohammad Qoraishi, 27, of London Road,...

BBC, 00:23 in Regional
 
Thatcher dismissive of Mandela after first phone chat, files reveal

Thatcher dismissive of Mandela after first phone chat, files reveal

Margaret Thatcher dismissed Nelson Mandela as having “rather a closed mind” and expressed her disappointment after their first telephone conversation, according to secret files released at the National Archives. The long buildup to the two leaders’...

Guardian, 00:24 in Politics
 


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